Italy Defender Grosso Joins Lyon

Defender Fabio Grosso officially became an Olympique Lyon player on Monday, a year to the day after scoring the winning penalty in the shootout that gave Italy victory over France in the World Cup final in Berlin.

Italian defender Fabio Grosso becomes an Olympique Lyon player

"I did my duty with my country and now I will do the same with my club," left-back Grosso told a news conference in Lyon after signing a four-year contract with the six-times French champions for a transfer fee of 7.5 million euros.

"I will do everything to make sure there is no resentment", he added.

Grosso, 29, joins from Serie A champions Inter Milan. He replaces France defender Eric Abidal, who has left for Barcelona.

"From now on it will be even more difficult to beat Lyon," he said. "I'm delighted to join a great club aiming to go even higher."

Grosso is Lyon's first major signing. The club have lost several key players besides Abidal, with France winger Florent Malouda and Portugal midfielder Tiago moving to Chelsea and Juventus respectively.

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