Lyon linked to Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay

French club Olympique Lyonnais are confident in securing the signing of Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay, according to reports.

The experienced central defender celebrated his 33rd birthday in October but he remains a key figure for Los Che, for whom he has started 18 matches this campaign.

Garay moved to the Mestalla in the summer of 2016 from Zenit Saint Petersburg and counts Racing Santander, Real Madrid and Benfica among his former clubs.

It is claimed by the report that Lyon have identified him as a replacement for defender and club captain Marcelo, who has had a fallout with the French club’s ultras.

Diario AS draws on reports from French outlet Le Parisien that Lyon are interested in a deal but it is claimed that the player himself has no intentions of leaving the Mestalla in the January transfer window.

Garay has played a pivotal role in helping Valencia to successive top four spots and to last season’s Copa del Rey crown.

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