Lieke Martens look forward to the final of the Champions League, in which they the Saturday, with FC Barcelona’s win against Olympique Lyon. They know nothing of alleged interest that the French club would have her.
“I have no news to report,” said Martens Friday at a press conference in Budapest. “I still have a contract for one year at Barça, and I am very happy here.”
The French sports l’equipe reported a day before the final that Lyon is very much interested to Martens the selection to add. The Wereldvoetbalster of the Year 2017 would be in France a multiple of its Barcelona-salary can earn.
The 26-year-old Martens is working on her second season in Spain. Therein, the club won only the Spanish cup and the Catalan cup. The Champions League should be the first great price for Martens in Barcelona.
FC Barcelona worked Friday the last session in Budapest. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Martens sees Lyon as a favorite
According to Martens begins Lyon as favourite in the final. “They have a lot of individual quality. The last few years they have also the best team of Europe.”
The team of Shanice van de Sanden won the Champions League five times, including in the last three years. At the last election for the Gold Ball ended up five players from Lyon in the top ten, among whom the winner Ada Hegerberg.
“But I have a very good feeling about our team”, said Martens hopeful. “We come here to set up our own game to play. The decisive factor will be which team has the most possession of the ball and who has the best is in the transition.”
“These are the biggest matches you can play. I have dreamed about it. I can greatly look forward to contests where you can win big money.”
The final between Barcelona, where defender Stephanie van der Gragt plays, and Lyon, in the Ferencváros Stadium starts on Saturday at 18.00.