Ismaël Bennacer confirms talks with Lyon stopped upon Juninho’s arrival

Speaking in an interview with Le Vestiaire on RMC, 22-year-old Algerian international attacking midfielder Ismaël Bennacer discussed talks over last summer with Lyon, before eventually opted to move to AC Milan.

“I always said to my agent, if there is something concrete, you tell me… My mind was already made up before the (AFCON) final, I knew that it was Milan. I wanted. I chose two or three days before the final. I really wanted to wait right up until the end in order not to have any regrets… There were contacts with Lyon. It was a good project… Because they did not have a coach yet at the time. I met with Florian Maurice (Head of Scouting). He said to me: “we want you, you have the perfect profile for Lyon and I think that any manager would want you at Lyon. You profile would be perfect.” After that, Sylvinho and Juninho arrived and I didn’t hear from them again. Just like that.”

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