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By ESPN Staff
Aug 1, 2008

Piquionne glad to finally get move to Lyon

Frederic Piquionne is thrilled to be finally pulling on a Lyon jersey, a year and a half after being denied a dream move to the French champions.

The one-time France cap came close to signing for Les Gones in the 2007 January transfer window but St Etienne, his club at the time, did not want to sell their star player to a rival team.

He was instead offloaded to Monaco - initially on loan and then on a permanent basis - but Lyon came back in for him this summer and he completed a 4.5million euros switch on Thursday.

The 29-year-old is delighted he has not missed the boat and that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas maintained an interest in him.

'When I knew that I could not sign for Lyon (last year), it was a big disappointment,' he said. 'I had really wanted to show what I could do for this club.

'When negotiations ended, I had a telephone call from Monsieur Aulas, who said to me, 'Don't worry, one day you will come to Lyon'. I see that he is a man of his word. I am very proud to wear this jersey, ready to give 200% for Lyon and to rise to the challenge.'

Piquionne was quick to play down worries some people may have about his age, insisting he is one of football's late developers.

The striker, who will be 30 in December, added: 'I am coming at a certain age, but in football terms I am still young.

'I began late - who would have thought that I would be signing for the best club in France at 30?

'I know that there are some people suspicious about my arrival, but I am going to try to demonstrate throughout the season that I am completely behind Lyon, that I can help the club and the squad to grow.'

Piquionne has signed a four-year deal with Les Gones.

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