Lyon battle to keep defender for one more year

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Lyon are hoping to keep hold of Ferland Mendy for another season before letting him move on, the player's agent has revealed.

Lyon are hoping to keep hold of Ferland Mendy for another season before letting him move on, the player’s agent has revealed.

The defender is in hot demand following an impressive season in Ligue 1, with both Real Madrid and Juventus said to be chasing his signature this summer.

However, Mendy’s agent Yvan Lee Mee has revealed Lyon will do all they can to keep hold of him for another season before cashing in.

‘He is a French Marcelo when he attacks, but in defence he can be compared to Alex Sandro or the Chivu of the golden times,’ he said.

‘Mendy is left-handed, but he also has a nice right that allows him to come often to play inside the field.

’40-50 million euros? That of the left-back right now is a rare and expensive role.

Lyon has not put Mendy on the market and President Aulas would like to enjoy it another year.

‘But it will depend on the offers: if the right one arrives, especially at the level of the sports project, we will seek an agreement with Lyon that can please everyone.

That of Mendy will be a technical choice, not only economic: otherwise, we would go to China.’

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