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 By Ian Holyman

Jason Denayer angry after Man City 'veto' move to Lyon for Girona loan

Jason Denayer has criticised Manchester City for not pushing through a move to Lyon this summer, claiming the Premier League club only want to sell him in "exorbitant or unreal conditions."

Denayer, 22, has been at City since 2014, but has yet to make a league appearance for the club after spending the last three seasons on loan at Celtic, Galatasaray and Sunderland.

The Belgium international featured 24 times in the English top flight for Sunderland as they were relegated last term, and played in European competition in his previous two loan spells.

Denayer felt this summer he should move on and had lined up a switch to Lyon, but City want him to spend the season on loan at Girona, newly promoted to La Liga for the first time in their history.  

Jason Denayer spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

"They put a veto on my leaving for Lyon," Denayer told Sport/Voetbalmagazine. "They don't want to sell me or only in exorbitant or unreal conditions, like for example a buyback clause at the same price as that of the sale.

"Suddenly, clubs want me but only on loan. I'm not against that, but I want to choose my destination.

"In that regard, Lyon was a perfect club, an ambitious team in a good league. We had an agreement with OL, but not City, who absolutely want to loan me to Gijon [sic]. But they have been promoted, play on the counterattack, it's a small city, they have few fans, totally the opposite of Lyon."

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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