Kenny Tete bolsters brimming OL squad
Olympique Lyonnais have continued their busy transfer window with the signing of Ajax youth academy graduate and Dutch international Kenny Tete from the Amsterdam club on a four-year, €4m deal.
Tete, 21, has long been a rising star in Dutch football and the right-back will now test his mettle in a foreign land, having signed a four-year deal with ambitious club Olympique Lyonnais.
"I could have gone to numerous other clubs. But I got along very well with the president and coach of OL. I'm very happy to sign here," declared Tete, OL's fourth signing of the summer transfer window, after putting pen to paper. "A teammate told me that OL is a great club with a huge history, the results to go with it and a magnificent stadium with an amazing atmosphere. All of these things were very important for me."
Born and raised in Amsterdam and signing for Ajax's youth academy at the age of ten, Tete represented the Netherlands at every youth level before taking his senior bow against Kazakhstan on October 10, 2015, shortly after making his first-team debut for Ajax.
Bigger and better things
Last season was, however, a difficult one for the young defender, who was little used by coach Peter Bosz as the club from the Dutch capital made their run to the Europa League final despite his capacity to play anywhere across the back-line.
"Last season with Ajax wasn't very positive, it was tough for me. But I always stayed positive. The coach had his choices to make," explained the powerful defender, who joins up with compatriot Memphis Depay and former Ajax teammate Bertrand Traoré at his new club. "I get along really well with Bertrand Traoré and we link up well on the right flank too. That should help me to start playing some good football pretty quickly…"
Backed by Bruno
Tete will have his work cut out finding a place in the first team, with stiff competition from Brazil's Rafael and France's Christophe Jallet, but coach Bruno Genesio has a lot of faith in the youngster.
"At the beginning of the transfer window, we weren't targeting a right-back, but this was a real opportunity," explained the OL boss. "[Chief scout] Florian Maurice noticed him. Kenny is a true modern wide defender and we jumped at the chance to sign him. We're very happy to welcome him here today; he's a full international and we're convinced that he will succeed here. We'll see him do his stuff in some upcoming friendlies."