Lyon swoop for Rose
Olympique Lyonnais have announced the signing of defender Lindsay Rose from Valenciennes on a four-year deal worth €1.8m, the seven-time Ligue 1 champions beating Bordeaux to the France U-21 stopper's signature on Friday.
Rose, 22, has been on the lookout for a club since Valencienne's relegation to Ligue 2 late last season, and although new Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol had made a priority of bagging the highly rated stopper's signature, Lyon clinched the deal on Friday.
'A great club'
"People said I was going to sign for Bordeaux, Montpellier or Lyon," explained Rose after penning his four-year deal. "My choosing Lyon was a very carefully taken decision, taking into account their sporting project and the future of my career. Willy Sagnol is necessarily disappointed, but he's also happy for me as he knows I'm joining a great club with big ambitions."
Rose is the first signing of new OL boss Hubert Fournier's tenure, and is a boost for the former Reims boss in the wake of fears that midfield utility Gueïda Fofana will be out of action for up to six months following ankle surgery.
"Olympique Lyonnais is pleased to announce the arrival of France U-21 defender Lindsay Rose, who today signed for the club until June 2018," read a communiqué on OL's website. "Rose began his professional career with Laval before making his Ligue 1 debut with Valenciennes in season 2012-13. He made his debut for France's U-21 side in last June's 6-0 win over Singapore in Reunion."
UEL challenge looms
Fournier also found out in Friday that Olympique Lyonnais will take on the winner of Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg and Czech outfit Mlada Boleslav when they contest the Europa League's third qualifying round for a place in the group stage on July 31 and August 7.