Ligue 1 - Toulalan extends Lyon deal

Mon, 07 Mar 16:10:00 2011

Lyon midfielder Jeremy Toulalan finally penned a three-year extension to his contract, tying him down to Stade Gerland until the summer of 2015.

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The France international started negotiations to extend his deal at the end of last season, but discussions were put on ice after the fall-out of France’s World Cup controversy, when Toulalan was heavily involved in a player 'strike' after Nicolas Anelka was sent home for insulting former coach Raymond Domenech.

"Everyone was behind me after one of the most difficult times I have experienced," Toulalan, 27, said. "I feel really good in this team, the best team in France even if we have missed out on titles recently.

"It is one of my objectives to win more of them and, by signing this deal, I have given myself options too: In 2015 I will be 32, and I will have the choice of ending my career at Lyon, or moving on."

Toulalan also left the door open for an international return - he was banned for one match after the World Cup debacle but, along with former skipper Patrice Evra, has not been picked since.

"With respect to what has passed, my objectives are to put together some good performances with Lyon and, maybe, I hope to be picked for France."

Toulalan joined Lyon in 2006 after coming through the ranks at Nantes.

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