Belgian had heart set on linking up with French giants and claims terms were agreed but City have changed their minds
JASON DENAYER has slammed Manchester City for blocking his dream move to Lyon.
And the defender claims he is now being forced to join Spanish minnows Girona against his own will.
Denayer joined City’s academy in 2013 but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at relegated Sunderland and previously enjoyed spells with Celtic and Galatasaray.
However, Denayer finally had his sights set on a permanent move away from the Etihad, with Lyon his choice of destination.
The centre-back claims everything was agreed with the French giants but City then decided to withdraw from negotiations.
And Denayer now looks set to join Spanish minnows Girona instead, with City in talks to become joint-owners of the newly-promoted alongside Media Base – an agency owned by Pep Guardiola brother’s Pere.
The decision has not gone down well with Denayer though, who reckons City’s loan policy is holding him back from realising his full potential.
The Belgium international told Sport V: “Manchester City are not keen on selling me or only against unreasonable terms for potential buyers: a buy-back clause for almost the same price as the selling price.
“That means that clubs aren’t keen on signing me permanently and prefer to take me on loan. I’ve nothing against a new loan deal, but I want to choose my destination.
“Lyon would be the perfect place for me. An ambitious club in an attractive league. The club and I had already reached a personal agreement, but City are vetoing a move and are pushing me to Girona.
“We’ll see what will happen in the coming weeks. If the situation is not resolved, I will go to Girona, but not heartily.
“I would rather not join Girona. Not because I want to make it difficult for myself, but because I like to play in a team that’s dominating. Not only to show myself, but also to develop myself.
“I have always had certain priorities in my career choices. Now it’s first and foremost a club that plays at the top of the league. In addition, in a pleasant city and with good supporters, who create a lot of noise at home.
“The financial aspect comes in the last place. The problem of Girona is that the club has just been promoted to the Primera Division, and in a small city. That’s not really what I’m looking for.”
Denayer also criticised City for sending him on loan to woeful Sunderland last season, adding: “Last year, at the last day of the transfer period, there was an atmosphere at City like at the last day of school.
“Joe Hart to Torino, another one to Spain and then they told me that I had to go to Sunderland where I would be battling the whole season against relegation.
“I wasn’t too happy about that, but I decided not to sulk too much. It could have been worse. Anyway, it doesn’t help you forward either.”