Speaking on RTL at the weekend, Lyon manager Rudi Garcia touched on a number of crucial topics, with the 1st team back in full training.
On Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé:
I hope that Houssem Aouar will stay. Him and Moussa Dembélé. I can tell you categorically that we have not received any offers for them. I am told that Memphis (Depay) is also not on the list of possible departures.
On Jean-Michel Aulas:
His tenacity was admirable. And just for Lyon. He fought the media and legal battle. Today, everybody loses. I think that the league will weaken.
On seeking a signing at centre-back:
We are looking for a central defender. Numerically, we only have three. We need leadership, but we are looking at young defenders, rather than those who are more seasoned. I don’t know if financially it will be possible.
On Rayan Cherki and Maxence Caqueret:
Rayan Cherki has made a very good start, as has Maxence Caqueret. I did not wait for other players to get injured to give them a chance to play. We must create the right conditions for them to enjoy themselves, so not too many great players stand in their way.
On the Champions’ League:
If we get past Juve and we go into the quarter-finals, it will be an incredible opportunity! There will be one quarter-final, one semi-final and one final. But we will come there with a full strength team. We are going to try very hard.