Lyon announce double swoop

Malbranque, who was a free agent after leaving Saint-Etienne

last year, returns to the Stade Gerland after spending 10 years in

England with Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland.

Argentina international Monzon arrives from Ligue 1 rivals Nice

for a fee of three million euros.

Les Gones president Jean-Michel Aulas told “Steed

returns to Lyon after many years in England. He has signed for one


“Fabian arrives from Nice on a four-year deal for three million


“I am delighted to welcome these two players.”

Malbranque only made one appearance for St Etienne despite

signing a two-year deal last August, agreeing to a mutual

termination of his contract one month later for undisclosed


The 32-year-old said: “I’ve come home and I’m very happy to do

so. Lyon is a club close to my heart.

“The challenge of getting back to a high level after 10 months

out is exciting.

“I want to show everybody that I still have the desire and


“I hope that everything goes well and we have a good season. I’m

not apprehensive.

“I really want to repay the club.”

Monzon, 25, added: “I’m very happy to be at Lyon where everybody

has welcomed me.”

Despite marshalling Nice’s backline last season, the centre-back

registered 10 goals as the club’s appointed penalty taker.