the return of Croatian Dejan Lovren to Olympique Lyonnais

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Croatian international central defender Dejan Lovren, from Zenit Saint-Petersburg (1st Russian div.), has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Lyon (Ligue 1), where he already played ten years ago. ‘years. Aged 33, Lovren (78 caps for the Croatian team, vice-world champion in 2018 in Russia, 3rd in 2022 in Qatar) played for OL between 2010 and 2013. He was then transferred to Southampton (31 matches, 2 goals) for ten million euros before playing for Liverpool (2014-2020, 185 matches, 8 goals), with whom he won the English league (2020) and the Champions League (2019). With Zenit, since 2020, of which he was captain (63 matches, 3 goals), he won the Russian championship twice and the Russian supercup twice. The Croatian defender must bring the experience sought by coach Laurent Blanc in a very young defensive sector. ” I am very happy to return to Olympique Lyonnais, the club which opened the doors of international football to me. I left Lyon in 2013 with regrets because I had the feeling that I hadn’t shown everything. I want to prove to everyone what a player I really am “, he declared on the OL website.