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Ghana's Mensah leaves Lyon over injuries
29-year-old defender opts to leave French club after latter express disappointment with player's lengthy stints on bench due to injury
Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 8 Jul 2012
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John Mensah

Ghana skipper John Mensah has terminated his contract with French side Lyon after a meeting with the team manager, who informed him of the club's disappointment over the many games he had missed due to injuries.

"I had a serious talk with the team manager, with whom I spoke first before consulting the president," Mensah was quoted as saying on Kumasi-based Fox FM.

The 29-year-old defender, who joined Lyon for a fee of 8 million euro in 2008, managed to play only one game last season due to a nagging back problem.

"The manager told me they wanted me to play regularly, but were disappointed that I was always sidelined by injuries," Mensah said.

"They bought me for a huge amount and we failed to qualify for the Champions League. They were really mad," he added.

"They told me it wasn’t my fault, but the truth of the matter was that they didn’t really get the chance to use me as expected."

"They asked me to decide to either stay or cancel my contract."

"There are a number of teams that want to sign me, so I opted to leave the club," the Ghana star concluded.

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