Toulalan shrugs off pressure
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon's summer signing Jeremy Toulalan has hailed his new team-mates' winning mentality.
Lyon's summer signing Jeremy Toulalan insists he is not under undue pressure, following a big money switch to the French champions.
The midfielder, hailed by many as the future of French football, joined Gerard Houllier's side in a £4.75 million transfer from Nantes in May.
And, despite the increased burden of expectation on Toulalan's shoulders this season following his switch, the 22-year-old will relish stepping out for the Ligue 1 side.
At Nantes, Toulalan was the hub in his team's midfield and the player is now looking forward to sharing the workload among team-mates engrained with the winning mentality.
"Lyon has the winning culture. They always want to give everything, even at training," Toulalan told Ouest-France.
"Here, nobody wants to lose. With Nantes, I didn't get the same feeling. There is a huge difference - they haven't got the same fire.
"I have settled in well. Everybody has welcomed me."
Initially touted as a replacement for Manchester United target Mahamadou Diarra, Toulalan is hoping to form a formidable partnership with the Mali international.
"I am free to help in attack, while Diarra is behind me," said Toulalan.
"At Nantes, they counted on me a lot - the pressure was difficult sometimes.
"But I still have a lot of friends there, and the fans have always been very supportive."