Dejan Lovren has rejoined Lyon after a decade away, ending his spell with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The centre-back has signed a two-year contract with Lyon until June 2025.
He previously featured for the Ligue 1 club between 2010 and 2013, and made 72 appearances. A move to Southampton would follow his time in France, followed by a transfer to Liverpool.
Dejan Lovren officially signs for Lyon
‘I am very happy to return to Olympique Lyonnais,’ Dejan Lovren said. ‘It was the club that opened the doors of international football to me, I will never forget that.
‘I have many memories here, many links too, especially with President Jean Michel Aulas who has always supported 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.’
After winning the Premier League title with Liverpool in 2020, the defender left for Zenit. He spent three years in Russia, and is now back in Europe, playing for one of the top clubs in the country.
Lyon could use the boost from a signing of Lovren’s calibre. He is experienced at the highest level, and can bring stability and leadership to the backline. This could be what they need to turn the season around, as they are currently in eighth place after 17 games.