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Deflandre switches to Standard

Published: Tuesday 27 April 2004, 9.30CET
Eric Deflandre who will return to Belgium to sign for R. Standard de Liège from Olympique Lyonnais.

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Published: Tuesday 27 April 2004, 9.30CET

Deflandre switches to Standard

Eric Deflandre who will return to Belgium to sign for R. Standard de Liège from Olympique Lyonnais.
R. Standard de Liège have unveiled Belgium defender Eric Deflandre after he agreed a summer move from French leaders Olympique Lyonnais.

Long-term move
Deflandre, who is on international duty for tomorrow night's friendly against Turkey, originally agreed last month to leave French football after four successful seasons with Lyon. At Standard, the right-back will have a three-year contract with an option for a further two years that could see him stay with the club until 2009.

Tempting offer
The 30-year-old enjoyed plenty of success with Lyon, helping them to Ligue 1 titles in 2001/02 and 2002/03. "Lyon also offered me an improved two-year contract, but the call from Standard was more tempting then the one from my wallet," said Deflandre. "During my time in France I have become a Standard supporter. Now I want to help the greatest club from my city to win a title."

Championship ambition
Deflandre, who began his career with RFC Liège and has also played for Club Brugge KV, won his 50th cap for Belgium in the 3-0 friendly defeat by Germany on 31 March. He will hope to leave the Stade Gerland at the end of the season on a high: Lyon are three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with five games remaining.

Last updated: 27/04/04 14.59CET

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