The third Olympique Lyonnais recruit of the summer, Henri Bedimo, was officially presented to the media during a press conference at the club's Tola Vologe training complex on Thursday…
Exactly one week after signing a three-year contract with OL, Henri Bedimo conducted his first press conference at Tola Vologe alongside his new coach. A very happy Rémi Garde explained why he had signed the former Montpellier full-back: "I have had my eye on this player for a while. It has taken some time, but all good things come to those who wait. I wanted a real left-footer, even if Dabo is very comfortable on that side. That was the first factor that pleased me. Afte that, he is very quick and is an excellent counter-attacker. He also has plenty of experience, and he's a Cameroon international. I had also heard good things about his personality. I remember an exceptional Bedimo that enabled Montpellier to win the Ligue 1 championship two years ago."
Henri Bedimo didn't hesitate to join OL after a first meeting with the coach: "It was a very simple approach. I liked the project he put forward to me. The coach wants his team to attack, while remaining solid at the back. I know there is a good squad here and I like the coach's philosophy." And an offer from OL is hard to refuse: "OL are a huge club... What is my image of OL? Seven Ligue 1 titles in a row..."
After training with his new teammates, the new Lyon defender can't wait to pull on his new colours in a competitive match: "I am impatient... I am ready to play as soon as the coach gives me the opportunity." Rémi Garde admitted the player could make his debut this Saturday against Nice. "I have no problem with him playing in the next game if that's what we decide."
Despite admitting his initiation song was not a huge success, he has settled very quickly into the squad, both on and off the pitch: "It's up to me to fit in. I will find my place in the squad and do what I know how... I know the qualities of my teammates and our understanding will develop through training." Rémi Garde has no doubt Bedimo's relationship down the left flank with Gael Danic "will be a success, it's just a question of time before we have an excellent left side."