Lyon chief expects high-profile departures

11 May 2020 18:29:13 GMTPlus10

Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that keeping hold of key players may be difficult given Lyon will not be competing in European competition next campaign.

Despite replacing manager Sylvinho with former Roma boss Rudi Garcia back in October, Lyon struggled to arrest their slide in Ligue 1 and finished seventh in the standings, winning only 11 of their 28 league matches.

That means Les Gones, who made the final of the Coupe de la Ligue and the Champions League last 16 this term, will not compete in European competition for the first time since 1993.

I am going to do everything to keep the players.

Jean-Michel Aulas

Lyon have a host of key players who have been linked with moves away from the club, not least striker Moussa Dembele.

Dembele signed for Lyon from Celtic for €22 million on a five-year contract in 2018 and has gone on to net 42 goals in 88 matches in all competitions.

But club president has admitted that it may not be possible to keep hold of the likes of Dembele, who will likely want to compete at the highest level in Europe.

Speaking to French publication Le Progress, Aulas said: "I am going to do everything to keep the players.

"But players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don't have European football. "

Meanwhile, France are 6.00 to win Euro 2020 and 7.00 to win World Cup 2022.

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