Questioned by the daily l'Équipe, John Textor affirmed his satisfaction with the current situation of OL and also did not hide his ambitions on a sporting level.
“On the one hand I am very happy with the very big improvement we have made in midfield with Matic. I am also happy with the signing of exciting young players, Gift Orban and Malick Fofana, who should bring us a lot for years to come,” declared the American businessman on the recruitment of these two young nuggets. He also spoke on the Danjuma and Benrahma files. “We have submitted significant offers for both players and we believe both would be delighted to come to Lyon. But their clubs have their own priorities.
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Concerning the sporting situation, he returned to OL's last matches, citing a lack of desire but also placing the blame on the refereeing. “In Le Havre, I am very disturbed that a VAR microscope was used to note involuntary foot contact on a shin guard. (...) We must be aware of how the game is suffering since the evolution of VAR and this monitoring of the match from a booth” expressed the American leader. “Against Rennes, during the first period, I had strong opinions on our collective decisions and on the lack of ambition, pace and work of some of our players” added the OL president.
The American also returned to the new hierarchy in place in the Lyon club but also to his differences with Jean-Michel Aulas. “I will continue to add talent and depth to the leadership of our club and our business. We’re not done with hiring.” did he declare. “Jean-Michel and I have moved beyond the issues which were largely linked to our past deals, and all our discussions these days focus on the success of OL. We talk about the players, we talk about the Championship issues. Our relationship is definitely normalized,” concluded John Textor.