Olympique Lyonnais is wasting no time. A few days after the end of the championship, the Rhone club is already planning for the next financial year. A 2021/2022 vintage which will take place without Rudi Garcia who formalized his departure from OL on Sunday evening after the defeat against Nice (2-3, 38th day of Ligue 1). If the Lyon leaders are currently working on Garcia’s successor, they have already completed a first file for next season.
The residents of Groupama Stadium indeed announced this Wednesday evening the arrival of Damien Da Silva. The former captain of Stade Rennais, free from any contract, has signed up for two years, i.e. until June 2023. Da Silva therefore becomes Lyon’s first summer recruit and materializes the desire of the Rhone management to provide support. central hinge experience. Exceeded by the disappointing fourth place gleaned at the end of the season, the upper echelons of Lyon had not hidden their intention to significantly strengthen the workforce this summer in order to quickly regain the Champions League. Da Silva therefore comes to expand the defensive sector, and compensate for the departure of Benlamri.
“Olympique Lyonnais informs of the arrival of the former captain of Stade Rennais, Damien Da Silva for 2 seasons, ie until June 30, 2023. Free of any contract, Damien Da Silva has played more than 380 matches in his career started in 2006 in Niort. Passed in particular by the Stade Malherbe de Caen (2014-2018) and the Stade Rennais (2018-2021) with which he won the Coupe de France 2019, the central defender has a solid experience of high level. During the 2020/2021 season, his 7th consecutive Ligue 1, Damien Da Silva played 37 matches (4 goals), including 6 in the Champions League. At 33, he was one of the most used players in the Rennes squad, wearing the captain’s armband for each of his tenures. Olympique Lyonnais is very happy to welcome Damien Da Silva and reaffirms its desire to build an ambitious new project for next season ”, specifies the official press release.
Olympique Lyonnais informs of the arrival of the former captain of Stade Rennais, Damien Da Silva for 2 seasons, i.e. until June 30, 2023.
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