Despite Lyon offers: Diallo explains BVB decision

In the summer, interior defender Abdou Diallo changed from 1st. FSV Mainz 05 to Borussia Dortmund. But the Frenchman almost landed in his home country.

Diallo confirmed the interest of the League-1 club Olympique Lyon across the radio station “RMC”. There were some possibilities. I have been delayed for a very long time,”the 22-year-old admitted and stressed,”But Dortmund came first. It is also a very big club, so I decided to go for the BVB.”

Besides, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre played an important role in Diallo’s decision-making process. He knew me well. When I met him, he spoke to me as if I were already his player,”said the former Mainzer, who was trained at AS Monaco:”The first contact was very good.”

The conversation was mainly about technical and tactical things. According to the U21 national player, Diallo’s last season also played an important role.

Recently, Hans Meyer, a member of the Bureau at Borussia Monkngladbach, had confirmed to “Sport1” that the foals were also interested in Diallo’s services. “We were interested in a young Dortmund”, said the president of the Borussia Munich Council. Trainer icon: “But if Dortmund offers, we have no chance.” Diallo eventually switched from Mainz 05 to BVB for 28 million –too much for Gladbach.