Speaking in a press conference on Sunday, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas claims that he was the one who turned down a meeting with then Lille manager Christophe Galtier in April.
“We undertook things in an extremely professional way, with a lot of ethics. I want to say on this that in March, I was approached to meet with Christophe Galtier. From an ethical and professional standpoint, I never meet with a manager before the end of a league season. So we refused in March to move forward on the matter. After, we defined a number of priorities. Peter (Bosz) and others were part of that. We met them. But you cannot hire a manager who has maybe already signed a contract and who is, as well, still under contract with his original club, who are champions of France. We looked at this solution and at the same time, we made contact with Peter. There was a third candidate, a foreign manager who speaks French. We were never concerned.”