Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas tried to dampen down speculation linking him with a bid for Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma on Wednesday, describing the rumours as premature.

Aulas also denied he was lining up a bid for Lille midfield enforcer Jean II Makoun and poured scorn on suggestions that Portuguese midfielder Tiago could be on his way out of the club.

Speaking to Europe1 television channel, Aulas admitted France left-back Eric Abidal could be leaving in the close season, with rumours suggesting Barcelona is his likely destination.

However, Aulas said there had been no contact from the Catalans.