- Nemanja Matic has left Rennes for Lyon after playing just 13 matches for them
- Follow Mail Sport’s LIVE Transfer blog for all the latest news, reports and updates
- NOBODY can fill Jurgen Klopp’s shoes… but Xabi Alonso can go anywhere he wants. If Liverpool are smart they will ask him to come to Anfield – It’s All Kicking Off
Nemanja Matic has joined Lyon from Rennes on a deal until 2026, the club have announced.
The 35-year-old only played 13 games in half a season at Rennes before making the switch.
He did not feature in Rennes’ 3-2 win over Lyon – who he has now joined – on Friday night.
Matic, a two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, has also played for Manchester United, Roma, and Benfica among others, bringing serious pedigree, but a relegation battle is a new challenge for him.
Lyon have confirmed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Rennes on a deal until 2026
Matic, a two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, brings a wealth of experience to Lyon
Your browser does not support iframes.
His career has seen him play 620 games at club level and a further 48 for Serbia.
As a physical and tactically astute defensive midfielder, he should add solidity and wisdom to Lyon’s midfield – but he joins at a shocking time for the club.
Lyon are already on their third manager of the season in what could go down as one of the worst in the club’s history.
Pierre Sage is in the driving seat at the moment and started strongly but two losses have plunged them back into the danger zone.
Lyon have continuously been in the top flight since 1989 and the last time they even finished outside the top half was in 1996.
Between 2001 and 2008, they won eight consecutive league titles to asser themselves as the dominant French footballing brand.
Matic joins at an unstable time in their history, and their last two league finishes were lower than usual.
Furious ultras confronted players after a 4-1 defeat by PSG earlier this season.
The Serbian midfielder spent five seasons with Manchester United between 2017 and 2022
Olympique Lyon players were given an…