Moussa Dembele left Celtic and completed a switch to Lyon just hours before the summer transfer window closed.
Prior to joining Bruno Génésio’s side, he was also attracting interest from Marseille and Borussia Dortmund and the Scottish Premiership outfit were ‘disturbed’ by the late efforts from other clubs in the pursuit of the 22-year-old.
Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of the Ligue 1 club was keen on bringing the forward to the Groupama Stadium and the latter has now revealed efforts from Les Gones’ players in convincing him to leave Brendan Rodgers’ side for Lyon.
“Before signing, I received a lot of messages and calls from the club’s players. They made me come. We know Lyon, it’s a historic club. There were some very great players, especially attackers. It is a pride to represent this club,” he told his club’s official website.
At his new club, Dembele will fight with Memphis Depay, Bertrand Traore and Nabil Fekir for a place in the starting lineup, and the former Celtic man has set a new goal for himself at his new club
“My choice was already made. There is no particular pressure to have in relation to the succession to the attacker’s post. Everyone has his destiny, his story. My predecessors did a great job. They have made history. It’s now up to me to write mine. You just have to trust yourself,” the Lyon’s new addition explained.
Since returning to France at the end of the last month, the attacker has played 121 minutes in the league across two matches and is yet to find the back of the net.