Yesterday saw Lyon complete the signing of French international Mathieu Valbuena from Dinamo Moscow. The diminutive winger spent little more than a season with the Russian outfit following his move from Marseille in 2014 but chose to return to France following Dinamo’s expulsion from European football for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. Valbuena’s decision to join Lyon has come as massive shock to supporters of Marseille with whom he spent 8 years between 2006 and 2014. The speedy Frenchman joined l”OM from Libourne and quickly made himself a legend amongst the clubs’ fans, scoring 38 goals in 330 appearances at the Stade Vélodrome. The 30-year old’s £3.5m (€5m) move to rivals Lyon has prompted Marseille to put back into circulation the number 28 jersey which he wore during his time at the club and which was retired following his departure. Valbuena played down the matter, though, stating that “I have no regrets to join Lyon.” Valbuena, who has signed on a three-year deal, is Lyon’s fourth acquisition of the season following the signings of Claudio Beauvue, Rafael and Jérémy Morel, and will wear the number 19 jersey this season.
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