According to information from L’Equipe, Demba Bamba refused an extension offer from LOU and could bounce back in Toulon in 2024.
Arrived in Lyon in 2019 from Brive, will Demba Bamba extend the adventure at LOU beyond June 2024, which will mark the end of his contract? Nothing is less certain… Indeed, according to information from The team, the 25-year-old right pillar refused the Lyon club’s extension offer, in particular for financial reasons. Since July 1, clubs can officially contact players who reach the end of their contract a year later, and it is RC Toulon who would have approached the pillar of 119 kilos for 1.85m, after having studied other avenues. The sports daily indeed reveals that discussions have progressed very well between Bamba and the Var club, trained by Pierre Mignoni, who had coached him at LOU during his first three seasons in the Rhône.
Bamba dreams of a second World Cup
Demba Bamba is currently preparing for the World Cup with the XV of France, and has been selected in the group of 42 who will participate in the second stage in Marcoussis from Sunday. The native of St-Denis dreams of playing his second World Cup, he who had played half in the opening match in 2019 against Argentina, before getting injured. Since then, his career in blue has been dotted. If he played seven games with the XV of France in 2020 and 2021, he then played only three (as a substitute for Uini Atonio) during the Grand Slam won in 2022, and none in 2023.
His last selection dates back to a year ago, during the Japan Tour, just before he had knee cartilage surgery, which deprived him of the first four months of the season. He then injured his ankle and hamstrings. Now cured, Demba Bamba hopes to convince Fabien Galthié to take him to the World Cup, knowing that the final list of 33 selected players will be revealed on August 21. But Uini Atonio, Dorian Aldegheri and Thomas Laclayat, who hold the same position, have the same dream…