At the beginning of the season, the Red Devil, Jason Denayer, was named captain of Olympique Lyonnais by the then new coach, Sylvinho. Arrived at OL during summer season of 2018, the Belgian central defender played 46 matches and scored 3 goals in all competitions for his team during its initial period.
There is no doubt that the former academician of the JMG soccer academy in Belgium had encouraged Bruno Génésio and it was quite unanimous for his new coach at the beginning of the championship, Sylvinho, who proclaimed the qualities of Denayer a few days after his nomination at the head of the OL. “Jason has natural leadership,” said the former Barça player at the time.
Named seven times captain in so many conferences with the former coach, the situation has changed for the Belgian of 24 years since the arrival of Rudi Garcia on October 14th. With former Lille and Marseille coach, Marcelo, Jason Denayer, Anthony Lopes, Leo Dubois, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay all wore the captain’s armband
Olympic sports supervisor Juninho told OLTV that Rudi Garcia had indeed chosen his captain. “Garcia will soon make his choice to choose the captain, but he is almost certain to give it to Memphis Depay,” said the Brazilian, adding that the 25-year-old Dutchman “is a technical leader. He is really happy right now in Lyon. He deserves the armband like the others “in a workforce that lacks leadership,” he says.
It’s just not a coincidence that OL wants to offer the armband to the former Manchester United player. Author of 11 goals in 14 games in all competitions. It seems that his former club, ManU, would be interested in repatriating him. But Juninho claimed that the Red Devils “have the priority to sign him” if several clubs are interested.
By giving even more responsabilities to Depay, OL intends to reveal that he is the team’s focal point for this season. A salary increase and an extension of contract are also expected by the end of the season while the agreement of the Dutch is in force until June 2021.