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6:53 p.m., January 14, 2022
Exceptional guest of Europe 1 Sport, Jean-Michel Aulas said he was not thinking about retirement at all. President of Olympique Lyonnais for more than 30 years, he responds to his detractors who find him at the end of the cycle.
Is Jean-Michel Aulas ready to see his successor at the head of OL arrive? In any case, he does not believe he has reached the end of his journey. An exceptional guest of Europe 1 Sport, the legendary president of Olympique Lyonnais thinks he still has a lot to bring to his club and in particular, as he hopes, a European Cup.
Aulas does not “feel like an old geezer”
During the 45 minutes of interview he gave to Europe 1, the president of Olympique Lyonnais had several important messages to convey. He notably responded to his detractors, who suggested that he find a successor and leave. At 62, this emblematic figure of French football, at the head of OL since 1987, has no intention of retiring at all.
Jean-Michel Aulas is in good shape and teeming with ideas: “I don’t feel like an old schnock at all. I take lots of initiatives. The mechanics work, the dynamism is still there and I I said, I will not leave without having brought a European Cup back to Lyon.”
Bring back Karim Benzema
The one imagined for the takeover of the Rhone club is none other than the legend of French basketball, Tony Parker, current president of ASVEL, the basketball club of the city of Lyon. Jean-Michel Aulas rejects this idea with skill for the moment, while specifying that he is writing his memoirs.
In this exceptional interview granted to Europe 1, the boss of OL also speaks about the violence in the stadiums, he answers questions about the future of his coach, confides in thinking of Laurent Blanc and evokes the number nine of Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, trained at Olympique Lyonnais. To find this exclusive interview in full, go to Europe 1 Sport with Lionel Rosso, this Saturday from 8 p.m.