Report: Celtic loan hero Jason Denayer linked with Lyon switch

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The Belgian defender could be set for another loan move away from Manchester City.

Manchester City's young defender Jason Denayer, who was a phenomenal success in his time with Celtic last season, could be set for another loan spell away from the Etihad, with RTBF linking the player to Lyon.

It was the defender's first ever taste of professional football, yet he featured in 44 matches and scored 6 goals as the Bhoys collected both the Scottish Premiership title and the League Cup.

By the end of the season, Denayer had even collected caps for the Belgian national team, making his debut against Israel at the end of March. Seemingly jumping the Under-21 group, the 19-year-old already has more caps for the full side than he does at the lower age group.

Celtic were unable to secure Denayer's services for another season or on a permanent deal considering how well he played last season, and there were expectations City would be looking to incorporate the Scottish Young Player of the Year into their first team squad.

However, French publication RTBF have announced that Lyon are pursuing a loan deal for the player, and Manchester City are open to him leaving to a feature regularly in a stronger league where he would also be assured of Champions League football after Lyon finished as runners up to Paris Saint-Germain.

Celtic could also have offered Champions League football, but the Scottish champions have to navigate a playoff round first. They signed fellow Belgian Dedryck Boyata from City as a replacement for Denayer.

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