|Job||Lyon FC President|
2015 01 17 Retrieve
[Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas compares Alexandre Lacazette to Gareth Bale] What’s the name of the Welshman at Real Madrid? I think Alexandre is a lot better. But Alexandre doesn’t have a price, so it’s pointless thinking of one.
2018 09 01 Retrieve
[Perez didn’t even want Mariano, at least not initially, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas] Mariano said to me that he wished to go to Madrid and that is why he rejected the Sevilla offer. I informed Florentino Perez but his response was that Mariano was not the player they were in the market for, before making the offer
2019 02 25 Retrieve
[Memphis Depay and those attracting interest at Lyon have been slammed by the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas] This match shows us all the way to go to achieve all our goals. Some players are far below their potential. Those who think they can make big transfers at the end of the year are wrong, they must talk less and give much more
2019 05 19 Retrieve
[Juninho will work alongside former Brazil assistant Sylvinho at the French side, with the latter succeeding Bruno Genesio as head coach] We saw Juni two times at Los Angeles to obtain his agreement and we have it. And he will come, even though there are some financial details remaining. He has a love story with Lyon
[As a player, Sylvinho starred at left-back for Corinthians, Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City, but this will be his first appointment as head coach following several spells as assistant] [Juninho] chose Sylvinho as a coach. And we have his agreement too. He has the ambition and the talent. We had to convince him because he had a lot of offers
2019 06 30 Retrieve
[Aulas says Lyon can spend €100m per year if required] We are capable of investing €100m per year. I don’t know if we’ll do it, but [if we do] not on one player. On five players. That’s a better strategy. Is it better to be the king of the transfer market for one year and earn yourself a reputation, or to build an environment over a long period where you can generate your own resources?
[This has successfully resulted in Lyon establishing themselves in Europe, while maintaining strength in the transfer market, as Tottenham have discovered] If I wait eight days, [Ndombele] will be worth €80m … Tottenham made us a first offer of €45m. Afterwards, we discussed. Nothing is set in stone, I assure you of that, and we’re in no rush. Tanguy is one of our best players. How much is he worth? I don’t know, but more than €45m for sure
2019 08 07 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas insists Man Utd target will stay] Moussa Dembele will not leave. The team was made for him. We recruited according to him. He becomes the number one striker, which he was not totally last season. It is not a question of money, it is a question of ambition. Moussa is part of the project just like [sporting director] Juninho or others. We want him to succeed and to reach the France team while playing for Lyon. We have a great deal of confidence in his capabilities and potential
2019 08 08 Retrieve
[Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Paris Saint-Germain to do whatever it takes to keep Neymar] It’s embarrassing for Ligue 1 if at one point the TV rights bidding was done with visibility that included Neymar. He was before at Barca. With a very big cheque, he arrived in Paris. I think PSG have to do what it takes to keep him. But as president of OL, I am in a bad position to judge
[Aulas hopes his club can close the gap to PSG, but warned they will need chase down the top team in the league] In the medium term, yes [Lyon can compete with PSG]. We want to play a role. We will continue to invest. The goal is to get closer to PSG. But the first year will be the hardest. You have to be patient. It is a project of three to five years. Before, it’s illusory. The deadline of 2022, given the budget gap between the two clubs, must be reasonable
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Sylvinho sacked by Lyon after one win in nine matches] We have rarely been in that situation. Juninho will have to think. We are not where we wanted to be, that’s for sure
2019 10 10 Retrieve
[Mourinho rejected Lyon as he has already chosen another club] We had some fairly flattering exchanges over text. It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club. It was indeed Juninho who took the decision to change coach, he even had this view a little earlier on. He is going to continue to take responsibility on the football side in the same way. He is a boy who breathes football. In the first matches, he detected a certain number of problems. It is he who explained his decision to Sylvinho. I didn’t know of him (Sylvinho) before Juninho told me about him. The defensive style he offered created a destabilising effect in terms of the normal attacking style of Lyon. We made a mistake, but in general we don’t make a mistake twice
[While Aulas seemed to confirm Patrick Vieira will not be considered as he is under contract at Nice, Remi Garde – who coached Lyon between 2011 and 2014 – is an option] He hasn’t been contacted yet, but that is a possible route. For the moment, talks haven’t happened, but maybe they will
2019 10 14 Retrieve
[Lyon enjoyed a bright start under Sylvinho, starting the campaign with a 3-0 win over Monaco before thrashing Angers 6-0. But the French side then went on a dismal run, collecting just one victory in nine matches in all competitions, culminating in the Brazilian coach’s dismissal the day after their latest upset – a 1-0 defeat to Saint-Etienne] Juninho will have to think it over in the coming days. This was not sufficient. Juninho must think it over and tell us what he wants to do and I will decide with my board of directors. He is shaken, but we can’t do nothing
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[Earlier in October, indeed, Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas was moved to tell reporters] We got in touch with Mourinho, but he has already chosen his team
2019 12 03 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas says club will offer Memphis Depay new contract] He’s going to decide. We will make him an extension proposal because he is an exceptional player. He is an endearing boy. For me, he’s not only a great player, but also an interesting man
[Aulas also said he was pleased with his manager Rudi Garcia’s recent decision to name Depay the new captain of Lyon] I applauded both hands when he was named captain. We also have two or three vice captains, including Leo Dubois who is unfortunately injured. It’s a good choice
2020 01 08 Retrieve
[Jean-Michel Aulas says Chelsea-linked Moussa Dembele will not leave Lyon in January] Moussa will not leave. On one hand, he wants to stay with Lyon. It’s the best way for him to continue to improve his game. There have been offers for him and other players, but no one we want to keep will leave in January
[Aulas on chasing Karl Toko Ekambi of Villarreal] We’ve news about him and it’s not good news. Vincent Ponsot [Lyon’s assistant general manager] and Florian Maurice [who is in charge of recruitment] are still in Spain but for another operation. The situation is not that dramatic. Things are difficult from a sporting perspective but we’ve qualified in all competitions. We’ll try to strengthen ourselves, or course. Our first instinct was to give the academy players more time. That’s the first solution. The second is to sign. But though the board has decided to recruit, it will not be at any cost. We’re not going to do just anything. We’ll look at the situation seriously
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[Lyon have issued a second statement to suggest that Moussa Dembele is not for sale as Chelsea continue to be interested in a January move] We have not changed our mind on Dembele. Moussa is an excellent player. He’s a player we need. It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us until the end of the season
2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Lyon reiterate Moussa Dembele not for sale amid Man Utd €50m bid reports] Our players are often targeted. We want Moussa Dembele and Lucas Tousart [linked with Hertha Berlin] to stay. The latter has received significant offers. If he leaves, we will have to replace him first. But I think they will stay. Now is not the time for us to weaken our team
2020 01 22 Retrieve
[Dembele’s stance will also please Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was adamant the former Celtic man would not be leaving the Groupama Stadium] Moussa Dembele will not leave because he wants to stay and win something with OL. There have been offers for him and for other players, but none of those whom we want to keep will leave in January
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[Jean-Michel Aulas admits he was disappointed Blaise Matuidi didn’t join his team] [Sporting director] Juninho dreamed of Matuidi last summer. He saw OL as a tailor-made club for him and the only team able to beat PSG in France. It didn’t happen because Blaise Matuidi wanted to spend this season with Juventus, he shows that he was right. He is right to stay because I think that Juve, if she gets out of the trap that we are going to set them here, will be favourite of the Champions League
I really like Adrien Rabiot. We wanted to recruit him in the January window, Juni had thought about it, but he started getting game time at Juve
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Jean-Michel Aulas has suggested the current campaign should be declared null and void after it was suspended due to the pandemic] The most logical thing would be to say we cancel everything and we start again on the situation at the start of the season, a white season. In any case, you have to look at what the regulations say. It is the only possible decision in this context.
After the intervention of the president, I, as president of the Ligue 1 clubs, immediately asked the president of the FFF and the president of the LFP to make this decision. This was what was done democratically by bringing the office together
2020 03 15 Retrieve
[Marseille & Lyon presidents exchange digs over coronavirus stances in childish twitter feud] Good for you and your disciples that ridiculousness is less deadly than the coronavirus. In terms of everything else, I hope with all my heart that the league will get going again quickly and that we will be able to finish it like our Champions’ League match and the cup final. For you JH, the most difficult times are just beginning. Football has never been JH’s strong suit: after suggesting to increase the number of points a team could get from a match if they scored goals from outside of the box, the €200 million loss that he has run up in three years, despite FFP [Financial Fair Play] only allowing him to have a €30m loss, now he has exposed himself to a potential defamation suit because he has twisted my words!
2020 03 23 Retrieve
[Aulas wants European places to be awarded based on the current standings, although Lyon - currently in seventh - would miss out] The most logical thing would be to say we cancel everything and we start again on the situation at the start of the season, a white season. In any case, you have to look at what the regulations say. It is the only possible decision in this context
2020 04 12 Tweet
[Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is going to do all he can to convince Memphis Depay to remain at the club] I really hope that Memphis will remain in the OL family for a long time to come. I will do everything for that. Memphis knows what I’m up for, I trust him
2020 04 13 Retrieve
[Lyon president promises fans they are seeking a new deal with Memphis Depay] I really hope that Memphis will remain in the OL family for a long time to come. I will do everything for that. Memphis knows what I’m up for, I trust him.
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Tony Parker: From NBA superstar to Lyon president-in-waiting] It’s true that Tony has the profile to take care of a world-level professional sports team with all the economic and communication components associated with it. I tell myself that he checks all the boxes
2020 04 25 Retrieve
[Rumoured Manchester City target Houssem Aouar hasn’t asked to leave Lyon] A player’s decision is always the most important thing. Keeping a player against his wishes is not reasonable. Houssem has not said he wants to leave. We want to try to keep him even though the interest is considerable. There are no negotiations ongoing
[Although Aulas is backing the LFP’s proposal, he insists that public health must come first]We must have the exact dates that the government will propose to us in hand. From this perspective, the championship would likely resume on June 15. Everything will have to be finished by August 3 as UEFA will also end its Champions League campaigns by August 29. This is the ideal scenario we are working on… but health must come first. The health of the players, the staff, and of all those who will participate in these matches, which will probably be behind closed doors at least at the beginning
2020 04 25b Retrieve
[Jean-Michel Aulas says Lyon working on new Memphis contract after he rejected initial offers] There is no break [in the relationship]. We talk to his agents, I chat with him, and we will have the opportunity to meet him. We will do everything to evoke an extension. All the authorities in Lyon are in favour of extending his contract. We are working on it a lot. I have a lot of exchanges with Memphis, Rudi [Garcia, Lyon’s coach] too and Juni [Juninho Pernambucano, Lyon sporting director]. Not daily, but regularly. We made him a certain number of proposals, which he did not accept. He was waiting to be able to resume playing. He had imagined being able to play the Euros with Netherlands, then there was this injury. He recovered faster, but for the moment we have not agreed.
2020 04 26 Retrieve
[Memphis Depay’s contract is up in the summer of 2021 and Lyon are currently seeking an accord to allow him to prolong his stay] We will do everything to agree an extension. All the authorities in Lyon are in favour of extending his contract. We are working on it a lot. I have a lot of conversations with Memphis, Rudi and Juninho [Lyon’s sporting director]. Not daily, but regularly. We made him a certain number of proposals, which he did not accept. He was waiting to be able to resume playing. He had imagined being able to play the Euros with Netherlands, then there was this injury. He recovered faster, but for the moment we have not agreed
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas wants play-offs to finish abandoned Ligue 1 season] The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September. The 2019-20 professional football season cannot return. I read carefully what UEFA said, they wanted us to go all the way to the end of the competitions, even if we might have to play on a reduced format and in August.
So, I think there is an alternative way which would consist of supplementing this end of the championship with a series of play-offs for the top and for the bottom which would take place in August, perhaps even in July behind closed doors.
Do not rush. I tell myself that, perhaps, in the deconfinement rules that have been proposed, there is still room to finish the championship
2020 05 01 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus] We contest this decision on three points. The stoppage of the league was decided by the LFP based on a certain number of pieces of information that were not decreed by the French government, notably with the recent statements from the minister for sport [Roxana Maracineanu], on being able to play behind closed doors and in front of less than 5,000 people.
We find that the LFP moved very quickly to stop the league. We put together a number of other scenarios, with playoffs that could have interested a number of TV broadcasters. I don’t want to attack one club more than another but Nice [who finished fifth] played more home games than us and played PSG once, while Lyon played them twice. This is not a decision without consequences, like for the amateur clubs. There are considerable things at stake. Over the course of the last 10 years, Lyon made up ground at least three times on the second placed side when there was a situation of being more than 10 points behind them.
This is robbing us of an opportunity that is very significant, of high value. We are going to claim damages, that are worth several dozen million Euros. Noel Le Graet has to face the consequences as president of the FFF. His management here was poor. There were poorly thought-out decisions. The relationship with the TV broadcasters was surprising. The governance during this period was questionable, almost all the presidents of the clubs think that. There are a number of things that should not have happened and we will not be leaving it there
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Lyon chief Aulas still hopeful that Ligue 1 season will resume] We are on the wrong path, it may not be too late to try to imagine, in the light of what is happening everywhere in Europe, something that is politically coherent: we had until late August and maybe even early September to finish. Until I receive the transcript of the minutes from the board of directors which decided to stop … I haven’t had it since April 30, and it’s strange.
Things are becoming clearer. I noted almost 10 European countries where training has started again. So, we can really wonder. By adapting our methods, we could probably have finished the Championship. As long as there is life, there is hope. For all the people who are reasonable and who had the main argument, to tell us to stop, that all the other championships were going to stop, a very important milestone has been reached today
2020 05 09 Retrieve
[Champions League clash between Lyon & Juventus confirmed for August 7 by Aulas] If the appeals do not succeed, then Lyon and Paris are being sent to be massacred by teams who will have had a preparation that the others have not had
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Aulas fears losing Memphis Depay after Lyon miss out on Champions League following Ligue 1 abandonment] I’m going to do everything to keep the players, but players programmed to play European competitions may want to look elsewhere because we are deprived of the Champions League. I have no news for now. Memphis tells me that he is ready to discuss [a new contract] when he returns. His agents say that he rather reflects on a leaving opportunity if we don’t play in Europe
We are on the wrong path, it may not be too late to try to imagine, in the light of what is happening everywhere in Europe, something that is politically coherent: we had until late August and maybe even early September to finish. Until I receive the transcript of the minutes from the board of directors which decided to stop - I haven’t had it since April 30, and it’s strange
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas hits out at ‘stupid’ Ligue 1 decision] In reality, what they said at this meeting with UEFA, it’s patience. When we see that our leaders attended, drawing different conclusions, we say that we are really too stupid, excuse me for the term. It is nevertheless paradoxical that a country like Spain, which has been more affected than France by the pandemic, has thought about and found answers
2020 05 25 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas writes letter to French government requesting Ligue 1 season be resumed] Open letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Sport so that June 2 is synonymous with hope for French football
Mr Prime Minister, Madam Minister of Sports, June 2 will allow the organisation of the relaxation of lockdown, to bring into line the decisions relating to collective worship, horse racing or even the next municipal elections. Many developments and hopes are expected on this date for France to finally regain a positive dynamic. Could we imagine that June 2 is also a great opportunity to rectify the error concerning French football and allow, with a health protocol used everywhere, to give the starting point for a gradual resumption of training (in June) and, why not, a resumption of the 2019-20 league season in the months of July or August as specifically suggested by UEFA on April 21 and since confirmed by Aleksander Ceferin by mail on May 14?
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas calls for Ligue 1 clubs to restart training next week and resume league in July] The Premier League will restart on June 7 [actually June 17]. @OL @Matigon @RoxaMaracineanu Madame Minister allow us to resume training from June 2 and then play behind closed doors from July, 15 days after the English and all the others
Could we imagine that June 2 is also a great opportunity to rectify the error concerning French football and allow, with a health protocol used everywhere, to give the starting point for a gradual resumption of training (in June) and, why not, a resumption of the 2019-20 league season in the months of July or August as specifically suggested by UEFA on April 21 and since confirmed by Aleksander Ceferin by mail on May 14?
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Lyon have been one of the biggest losers in the decision to abandon the Ligue 1 2019-20 season because of coronavirus, finishing in seventh place and missing out on European qualification for the first time since 1997] I’m going to do everything to keep the players, but players programmed to play European competitions may want to look elsewhere because we are deprived of the Champions League. I have no news for now. Memphis tells me that he is ready to discuss [a new contract] when he returns. His agents say that he rather reflects on a leaving opportunity if we don’t play in Europe
2020 06 04 Retrieve
[Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume] [A restart]. That is what we are going to ask for in court tomorrow. The National Court will have to judge on the issue of returning to action and the way in which the stoppage came about. I had a meeting this afternoon with Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the ECA, the association of European clubs and the procedure proposed by UEFA is the one that we can follow today: return to training now and play the matches in three or four weeks
It was the state which ordered the end of activities, so therefore they are responsible for this
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Lyon president reveals Real Madrid & Man Utd wanted Rayan Cherki & updates on Houssem Aouar future] He’s undoubtedly a player who will go to the highest level. That’s why we did everything we could to sign him. The two clubs that were interested when we won his faith were Real Madrid and Manchester United. We want him to succeed with Lyon. We want to support him and that’s why we’re trying to move his career on. In years to come, we want him to become not only a leader for our attack, but a leader from the academy
[OL are faced the prospect of losing another of their youth products this summer, with Houssem Aouar linked with a potential move to Manchester City or Juventus] For the moment, we’ve not had any proposals or even a request for any information on him, but I know that many clubs could be interested in him. In any case, our preference is to keep him and we will do everything to achieve that. The second option is that it’s up to him where he wants to play. When players have left in the past, we’ve always favoured the place and the club where they wanted to go