Olympique de Lyon before Toko Ekambi does not “see return to France as failure”


Cameroon international lending lot at Les Gones recently turned into a permanent movement of Villarreal

Olympique de Lyon forward Karl Toko Kambi said playing in La Liga helped him “become a complete and good player”, but he does not regret his return to France.After four years playing Ligue 1 and 2 football matches with Sochaux and Angers, respectively, Toko Ekambi went to Villarreal in 2018.

But he’s now back in France after his January loan to settle in Lyon, which recently turned into a permanent transfer.

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He was first brought by Lyon as a back-up for the injured duo of Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide before impressing coach Rudi Garcia, with two Ligue 1 goals in eight appearances, to win himself a four-year contract.

Having left Villarreal in January 2020 while at the top of his game with six goals in 11 La Liga matches this season, Toko Ekambi talks fiercely about his-and-a-half of the season in Spain, but doesn’t regret to return to France where he was born.

“I came on loan and I am now a Lyon player for the next four years, it’s a point of pride. It’s one of the biggest clubs in France and I feed on that atmosphere of professionalism that will serve me all my life, ”Toko Ekambi told OLTV.

“I have no regrets about my experience in Spain. These are the ups and downs of a football career, I do not see my return to France at all as a failure.

“The Spanish league surprised me, it was very technical in the league and it had the consistency of La Liga which shocked me the most. Each team plays for victory and it’s almost never an easy match. The training is systematically centered on the ball, it’s a world apart. We rarely change depending on the opponent.

“Each team, from the top of the relegation zone table, will play their philosophy until the end, no matter who the opponent is. When you love football and beautiful play, Spain is a must [go]. ”

Cameroon international describes itself as a versatile player who can adapt as a midfielder and wants to prove himself from the middle of the park next season. He credits La Liga football for promising him a better player.

“In Angers, I played centrally, and in Villarreal also in the first season. Coming here, due to the fact that I am a versatile player, I had no problem playing on the wing, I put myself at the service of the team, “said Toko Ekambi.

“But it’s true that I really want to play in the community, it’s up to me to prove that I can play it next season. Spain has allowed me to progress technically.

“At Angers, we played very vertically, without necessarily needing to develop our qualities in tight spaces. This La Liga move has allowed me to become one of the most complete, finest players. ”


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