Lyon rule out Dembele departure

03 January 2020 17:03:29 GMTPlus10
Coach Rudi Garcia and Lyon are eager to keep hold of Moussa Dembele.

Lyon have told potential suitors that former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is definitely not for sale during the January transfer wind.

The 23-year-old frontman, who started his professional career with Fulham, has been linked with interest from several Premier League clubs, having scored 30 goals in 71 appearances since joining Lyon in in the summer of 2018.

However, Les Gones say they have no interest in allowing Dembele to move on, as they see him as a key figure for the not only the rest of the current campaign, but also for future seasons.

A club statement read: "Olympique Lyonnais have become aware of some media reports suggesting that Moussa Dembele may be of interest to other clubs during the January transfer window.

"We would like to reaffirm our wish, as we did in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele.

"The club has full confidence in Moussa and is counting on him, in particular as we aim to build a successful team for the coming seasons."

Lyon currently lie down in 12th place in the Ligue 1 standings, although they are only five points adrift of the top four.

In the Champions League they finished in second place in Group G, finishing as runners-up to RB Leipzig, before being drawn to face Juventus in the last-16 of the competition.

Meanwhile, Lyon are 12122.00 to win the Coupe de France this season, with PSG available at 1.083 and Marseille 12122.00.

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