Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked with both Arsenal FC and Manchester United, has ruled out the possibility of leaving Olympique Lyon this summer.
The 24-year-old striker has become one of the most sought after players in France after two prolific seasons with Lyon. Lacazette has scored 53 goals in his last 92 appearances for Lyon and host of clubs across Europe have been linked with a move for him.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been monitoring his progress at Stade de Gerland. While Liverpool have now gone on to sign the strikers they required, Arsenal and Manchester United are still in the market for new a forward.
Last week, Lyon manager Hubert Fournier has gone on to state that although club would like to retain him, they will have to consider offers above A?35 million for the striker. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas as revealed that they have offered to make Lacazette their highest played player if he decides to extend his stay at the club, but the Frenchman is yet to put pen to paper.
Lacazette commits his future to the club, at least verbally
A lot of Lyon fans have criticized Lacazette on social media as he refused to commit his long-term future to the club. But the French international has now ruled out an exit from the club this summer in an interview with Radio Scoop.
a The noise (about his future) does not disturb me from working, to show to everyone who think that I have my head elsewhere that I dona t have it elsewhere. I have already told the coach and the President that I want to continue with Lyon this season, that I am fully implicating myself in the project this season. What goes on outside of that stays outside of it, but personally I know what I want this season. These sort of things are between my advisor and the President, my role is on the pitch.a
a We have spoken, we said what needed to be said, and things are sorted out. The President will do what he wants, he is big enough. If he thought a certain thing was a good thing to do, then for him it was justified. I am reassured, I have received quite a lot of nasty messages on Twitter. Thata s life, thata s football. I thank everyone who is supporting me, who believes in me and I thank the fans tonight. The best way to show that is by doing well this season and to show that it is football that interests me, not money.a a Lacazette was quoted as saying by GetFootballNewsFrance.
Yet he might end up in the Premier League this summer
Despite the assurance, it is unlikely Lyon will dismiss offers if they match his valuation of the club, and both Arsenal and Manchester United are capable of doing that. Having spent six seasons in France, the chance to play in the Premier League can be quite luring. Much closer to home, PSG are also keeping a close eye on him, but he is unlikely to join another French club if he decides to leave Lyon.