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Tolisso hopeful Lyon return can reignite his France career

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Corentin Tolisso is hopeful that his move from Bayern Munich to Lyon will help secure him a return to France folds ahead of the World Cup.

Tolisso spent five trophy-laden campaigns at the Allianz Arena.

But he started just 12 matches in all competitions in an injury-plagued 2021-22 campaign.

The 27-year-old’s return to Lyon, with whom he started his career, was confirmed on Friday following the expiration of his Bayern contract.

He did not feature for France at all last season, with the most recent of his 28 senior caps coming at last year’s rescheduled Euro 2020.

But after completing a move back to Lyon on a five-year deal.

Tolisso is targeting a place in Didier Deschamps’ squad in time for Qatar 2022.

He said at a news conference:

“I didn’t talk with [Deschamps about the decision. It was a personal one, though I talked a lot about it with my agents and my family.

“We said it was the best decision for me. The future will tell if I was right or wrong.

“Lyon is the right club for me to return to the French team and go to the World Cup.

“I am very proud and happy to be back in Lyon. The project seduced me.

“It’s a good thing for me and my personal goal, which is to play in the World Cup.”

Tolisso was a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad four years ago and also won five Bundesliga titles and the Champions League during his time in Bavaria.

Injuries, including a cruciate ligament rupture that ruled the midfielder out for the majority of the 2018-19 season, restricted him to 118 games in five years with Bayern.

However, the Lyon youth product feels he learned a lot with the German giants and does not believe his injury issues are any longer a concern.

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