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Olympique Lyonnais Target Denayer Could be Set for Prolonged Manchester City Stay

Speaking exclusively to our colleagues at Foot Mercato, Jason Denayer’s agent confirmed today that the former Celtic loanee could be set for a prolonged stay at Manchester City. The Belgian international has been linked with both a return to Celtic and a move to Ligue 1 runners-up Olympique Lyonnais. However, it now appears that the nineteen-year-old could be firmly within Manuel Pellegrini’s plans at Manchester City.

The central defender impressed many in France with his high-quality performance in Belgium’s four-three victory at the Stade de France earlier this month against Les Bleus, and rumours began to develop within French media circles which linked the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year with Olympique Lyonnais. Hubert Fournier’s side have recently been linked with AC Milan’s centre-back Adil Rami and Olympique de Marseille’s Cameroon internationalist Nicolas Nkoulou in recent weeks, and it was believed that Denayer may also have been part of a targets shortlist proposed by the club’s owner and president Jean-Michel Aulas. Speaking to Foot Mercato, Denayer’s agent Jesse De Preter disclosed that he has been contacted by a number of clubs, including Olympique Lyonnais.

De Preter explained that his client’s main wish has always been to become a regular starter within an elite side, such as his parent club. Emphasising the importance of his client’s spell in Scotland, De Preter explained that the experience his client has gained in the Scottish Premiership had been ‘very important’ and that his passage at Celtic had ultimately been ‘a success’. Despite reports linking the Belgian international with a move away from the Etihad, the Belgian agent confirmed that in the meantime, Manchester City have expressed a desire to extend Denayer’s current deal, which ends in 2016.

In response to rumours of a possible departure, the agent added that Denayer’s desire has always been to play for a UEFA Champions’ League level club, in order to boost his hopes of representing Belgium at Euro 2016. Mr De Preter confirmed that he had entered negotiations on behalf of his client, with the aim of extending the Brussels- born players stay at the club. “Man City’s directors have told us that they are considering Jason as a potential starting player, for the first-team”.  The agent also confirmed that both a Spanish and a German club are also interested in signing the nineteen-year-old.

De Preter highlighted the need for his client to be playing regular first-team football , and he expressed a clear intention to discover if the Manchester club will be able to provide this or not. This is an extremely important condition, as it most likely to be the difference between Denayer staying within the Premier League side’s squad ranks, or leaving the club permanently with the aim of becoming a regular starter within an elite club’s first-eleven.

Brendán MacFarlane

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