Olivier Kemen says Newcastle made his move to Lyon difficult.
French midfielder Olivier Kemen has told Foot Mercato that the hardest part of his transfer to Lyon this summer as down to Newcastle.
Kemen, 19, joined Newcastle from Metz back in 2013, and was highly regarded upon his arrival, having built up a reputation as a promising teenager.
However, Kemen became the forgotten man at St. James' Park, as he failed to even make his competitive debut for the club before his exit this summer.
Unsurprisingly, the Cameroon-born midfielder then chose to leave Tyneside this summer in order to pursue first team football elsewhere, and returned to France with Lyon.
Hubert Fournier's side have a strong group of young talent such as Anthony Lopes, Samuel Umtiti, Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette, with Kemen surely now hoping to emulate those star players.
Whilst Kemen did eventually complete his move, he has now told Foot Mercato that Newcastle made his exit difficult - and even though he didn't divulge just why the Magpies made it such a struggle, he did state that he snubbed a move to Monaco in order to join Lyon.
"OL managed everything well, everything was straight," said Kemen. "The hardest part was with Newcastle, but Lyon managed everything well to make sure this could be done. Many clubs were interested, and it's true that there were discussions with Monaco, but the project with OL is strong. Lyon is a great club, everyone knows," he added.
Newcastle now have to hope that Kemen doesn't come back to haunt them, as Lyon clearly believe that they can tap in to some of his potential - and having had few chances at St. James' Park, Kemen will certainly be looking to prove the Magpies wrong for letting him leave this summer.