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Football: Lyon complete signing of young defender Rose

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French Ligue 1 club Lyon on Thursday confirmed the signing of under-21 international defender Lindsay Rose from Valenciennes on a four-year deal.

Lyon did not confirm the transfer fee paid for the defender, but it is thought to be under 2 million euros (£1.58m, $2.7m).

Rose, who spent just 18 months at Valenciennes and was out injured for much of last season as the northern club were relegated to the second tier, signed on at the Stade de Gerland until the summer of 2018.

He is Lyon's first recruit of the summer but coach Hubert Fournier denied that the arrival of Rose will definitely see fellow defender Samuel Umtiti depart.

"We don't want him or Clement Grenier to leave but they have asked to be allowed to depart if another club offers them the chance to progress in their careers," said Fournier.

The 23-year-old midfielder Grenier was named in France's World Cup squad before withdrawing due to injury.

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