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Jean II Makoun is a Lyon player

Published on the 16 June 2008 à 18:24 by BV

Jean II Makoun today signed a 4 year contract with Olympique Lyonnais. The transfer fee is 14 million euros plus 1 million in incentives. At OL, the player will wear the number 17 shirt, a number that had not been given out since the death of Marc-Vivien Foé.

Jean II Makoun today signed a 4 year contract with Olympique Lyonnais. For a long time his transfer from Lille to Lyon has been mooted, it had to happen! Regular talked anout over the last few years, Jean II Makoun’s arrival at Olympique Lyonnais took form this afternoon. « It’s fantastic news , said a delighted Jean-Michel Aulas. The transfer fee is hefty (14 million euros plus around 1 million in incentives) as we were up against some big European clubs. We’ve been after him for a while now and this time the miracle happened and we managed to thrash out a deal. »

With the recruitment of Jean II Makoun - « one of Europe’s top defensive midfielders, a real star » as far as Jean-Michel Aulas is concerned, OL are showing their desire to be strong on both a national and European level . « He is one of the rare players that have both physical strength and technique, the qualities that we were lacking last season » notes OL’s president. His advisor, Bernard Lacombe, who aknowledged that they have been keeping an eye on the Cameroonian for a few years now, believes he has a profile similar to Jean Tigana, « with more power in front of goal », and underlines his « experience in the Champions League that will bring a lot to the club ». On his side, the former Lille player concedes that Lille’s non-participation in the european competition constituted a determining element in his arrival at Lyon and believes that he has « known everything with Lille » : « I want to step up a level, I needed a new challenge. It was the right time ».

As at Lille, Makoun will wear the number 17. A detail which is important as nobody had worn that number since the death of Marc-Vivien Foé, on the 26th of June. « In memory of Marco, for me and for all of Cameroon, it’s something emotional », recognised the player from Yaoundé. « The fact that Cameroon is once again alive at OL through Jean II is very strong and emotionally moving » declared Jean-Michel Aulas.