Women's Football

Wendie Renard admits being open to leaving Lyon

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Wendie Renard has admitted being open to leaving Lyon for a fresh challenge
Wendie Renard has admitted being open to leaving Lyon for a fresh challenge / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Wendie Renard has hinted that she is open to leaving Lyon in search of a new challenge once her contract expires at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Renard is a one-club woman, having joined Lyon in 2006 as a 16-year-old, and has become synonymous with the relentless success of the French outfit.

The centre-back has won 14 Division 1 Feminine titles and lifted the Champions League on seven occasions during her 15 years with the club, as Lyon dominated French and European football and set standards in how a women's football team should be run.

However, at the age of 31, Renard has admitted that she is open to trying her hand in a new league.

"Do I see myself staying in Lyon for a long time?" Renard told French news outlet Onze Mondial. "The president knows what I want. If I have to try a new experience, it's now.

"We don't know what will happen tomorrow, so I don't know. But the president knows that I want to see another championship. I always said it. We'll see."

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has been instrumental in the success of the women's team thanks to his vision, ambition and dedication to gender equality. Renard was full of praise for the 72-year-old's impact on her and the club.

“Jean-Michel Aulas is an exceptional man," the French international added. "I can never thank him enough for all he has done for us. We are at this level thanks to him.

"I have a lot of anecdotes about him. After each title won, we experienced some pretty strong moments. I can tell you that Jean-Michel Aulas is a very good dancer."