Michel Bastos admits Lyon return was "impossible"
Michel Bastos has revealed that there was no future for him at Lyon after signing for United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain.
The Brazilian admitted that the financial issues that Lyon have found themselves in mean that a return to the club from loan at Schalke was impossible.
The 30-year-old then decided to move on from the situation at Lyon and sign for the UAE outfit last week after putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.
"It was not possible to stay with Lyon. The problem did not come from me. I did not want to leave Lyon," he told RMC. "It was the president who told me he had some difficulties keeping certain players.
"I owe a lot to Lyon. I only left last year because it was Schalke. [President] Jean-Michel Aulas has always told me my return would be impossible for financial reasons. That's why I'm no longer in Lyon."