Although he has suffered with injuries this season, he is happy at the French club and could possibly extend his stay.
Manchester City sent Marcos “Rony” Lopes on a year-long loan deal to French club Lille to gain some vital experience this season. It hasn’t gone completely to plan, but it has been far from a failure.
Although his time at Lille has been heavily disrupted with injuries, the fans have taken to him and Lopes, speaking to L’Equipe, has taken to life in Lille.
"At the moment, it is expected that I will return to City," he said. "But anything is possible. I still have one year left on my contract (2016). We will see this summer. I love this city, the club and all the people with whom I have worked and lived with here."
Lopes has made 10 appearances for the club, six of them from the start. He may have only scored once and have no assists to his name, but his performances have made him a firm fan-favourite at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
Whenever he gets the ball, the fans rise with anticipation in the knowledge that something could happen. His skill on the ball, quick change of direction and ability to pick a pass, make him a credible danger in the final third.
Lopes started the season as an ever-present for Les Dogues, playing a part in the clubs first eight league games, but a hamstring injury saw him leave the 1-0 win over Bastia after 66 minutes and the midfielder would miss three league games.
It was a delight to see him back against Saint-Etienne on week 12; he even had his hand in Lille opening goal, with his shot finding its way to Michael Frey, before the Swiss striker volleyed past Stephane Ruffier.
However, Lopes had to go off just before half-time and the sad news was he had re-aggravated his previous injury.
This time Lille has not taken any chances, using the winter break to make sure Lopes was 100% ready to make his return. He missed eight league games before he was able to make a substitute appearance against Lorient last weekend.
Now, both Manchester City and Lille will hope that Lopes can go on to play a crucial role at the club this season. He has the ability to make the difference, and it’s now up to the player to show what he can do.
Injuries this season may have hampered his progress, but he has shown enough to suggest that he would be an excellent signing if Lille could get him to stay beyond this season. That would depend on City’s plans for the talented midfielder.