Manchester City’s reported attempt to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele last summer has been confirmed by the player himself in a new interview.
According to RMC Sport, Ndombele was subject to a €50 million bid from the Premier League champions, who sought a midfielder after missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea.
However, Lyon turned down the bid and Ndombele himself was in no mood to kick up a fuss about leaving.
Speaking to Canal Football Club and quoted by L’Equipe, Ndombele responded when asked about City’s interest: “I could have left but the club had a firm position, they didn’t want me to leave, and I didn’t feel like leaving.
“Today I think it was the right decision, I play a lot of matches and got into the Franace side.”
The 21-year-old continues to impress for Lyon and played well in both Champions League ties with City, which Pep Guardiola was sure to have noticed.
However, in recent weeks it has been one of Ndombele’s OL teammates, Houssem Aouar, who has caught Guardiola’s attention as the mystery continues about which midfielder City plan to sign.