It seems Nottingham Forest loanee Orel Managala isn’t eyeing up a move back to the City Ground this summer.

The midfielder, who’s been loaned by Lyon, has now expressed his desire to stay at the Ligue 1 side for longer.

That was said in a press conference, relayed by Foot Mercato. There, Mangala said he’s hopeful the French club will buy him from Nottingham Forest.

“I’m feeling good here, even if a few physical problems have kept me out of action. I’m happy with my season and with the confidence they’ve shown in me. The option to buy? I hope it will be triggered, yes.”

Mangala played the first part of the season for Nottingham Forest, and had been a regular starter there, making 22 appearances in the 2023/24 Premier League.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s arrival at the City Ground changed the whole situation, though, and that was a big reason for the midfielder to leave the club and join Lyon on a loan.

Reports from the French media at the time claimed that the Ligue 1 side paid Nottingham Forest €11.7m for the loan, and can buy him by triggering a €17.5m clause.

Mangala had ups and downs at Lyon, and never had a starting place guaranteed. So despite his wish to stay there, we shall see if the French club will actually be convinced to buy him.