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Lyon president’s savage Hammers dig after Paqueta deal

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has made an absolutely savage comment about West Ham after the club sold Lucas Paqueta to the Hammers.

The Irons confirmed the club-record deal to sign the Brazil international on Monday, having pursued his signature throughout last week.

Aulas is a famously outspoken president and he has revealed that he expected the playmaker to move to a “big club” instead of making the move to east London.

Paqueta has previously been linked with the likes of Spurs and Arsenal and Aulas now says that he was only sold to the Irons because the 25-year-old was so desperate to leave the Ligue 1 outfit.

Speaking to Canal+, as quoted by The Daily Mail, Aulas said: “It is unfortunate that Lucas Paqueta is leaving. But he wanted to leave. 

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“We thought we’d have very big clubs come in, we didn’t have them. We then were forced to speak at the last minute with West Ham.”

West Ham have now completed eight signings this summer and there remains the prospect that boss David Moyes could look to further strengthen prior to the end of the transfer window later this week.

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10 comments on “Lyon president’s savage Hammers dig after Paqueta deal

  1. French tears are very tasty indeed.

  2. He did say “very big club”, at the moment we haven’t reached that standard, but with all of these new signings we are trying to get get there ⚒

  3. Still bitter about the Euros then? Don’t I seem to remember a very disrespectful tweet?
    Anyway agreed we’re not very big… we’re massive!

  4. Meaningless and irrelevant – and his quote as well!!!

  5. Let’s just hope that Paq Man helps us to become a big club. We can hardly continue with the “We are massive!” slogan at the moment. Maybe once we catch up to the top six then normal service can be resumed. In the mean time we’ve got a lot of work to do.

  6. Oh shame like we’re bothered LoL hang on didn’t we beat the massive Lyon 🤔

  7. Lyon 0:3 West Ham. The Hammers dismantled Lyon on their own patch to book their first European semi-final since 1976. Not a big club with over 60,000 capacity stadium but bigger than them. Soon, our shadow will fall on the frogs of Lyon.

  8. This man never ceases to amaze me. He has history of doing deals then increasing the fee at the last minute. When he doesn’t get his own way the toys go out the pram. The man is a complete embarrassment to himself and Lyon. Tell me why did Paqueta want to leave, something to do with the ambition of the club, being an average middle of the table team or was it to get away from Aulus?

  9. A load of smoke and mirrors… Puffing out his chest for Lyons supporters and the media to take the heat off of himself, all whilst pocketing as much as he possibly could out of this deal.
    By tomorrow he will slip into insignificance once again.

  10. Not a very big club ehh but still happy to take the money (double standards)

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