Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Roger Gor

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Roger Gor

Sporting Lisbon right-back Miguel Lopes will play in France next season after agreeing to a one-year loan at Olympique Lyonnais. According to the Ligue 1 club’s website, the deal comes with an option to sign the 26 year-old to a permanent deal.

Lopes spoke to Portuguese television station Sport TV before leaving for medical tests in Lyon. “For me this is a good thing, it is a club that plays in the Champions League, as well as in a very competitive league. It will be a new experience for me.”

He confirmed that the club’s decision to loan him was primarily motivated by its need to trim payroll for the upcoming season. “My departure will help with the process of financial restructuring. I want to make it clear that I never wanted to leave Sporting, but as a sportinguista I have to.”

Lopes was acquired in January 2013 as part of a direct swap with FC Porto, with Russian midfielder Marat Izmailov going the other way. He has received four caps with Portugal and was part of the 2012 European Championship squad.

The club also announced the signing of forward Salim Cissé to a five-year deal. The 20-year-old Guinean played last season with Académica, scoring 6 goals in 25 league matches.

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