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Alexandre Lacazette expresses desire to move to England next season

908   //    17 Jan 2016, 14:05 IST
Alexandre Lacazette in action during Lyon’s 1-1 draw against PSG

Alexandre Lacazette one of the most sought after strikers from Lyon wants to join the Premeir League next year. Transfer rumours are already doing the rounds and offers had been made from Newcastle United and Stoke City for a possible switch. However, Telegraph reported that their offers have been turned down by the French club.

Lacazette has made his position pretty clear by asserting that he is only looking at the Premier League from the next season. The 24-year-old French footballer explained, “Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player. But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.”

The 24-year old has been with Lyon for a considerable amount of time and is one of the most valuable assets that the club has right now. Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is aware of Lacazette’s plans for the future.

Aulas stated, “So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.”

Lacazette’s agent David Venditelli is ready to open negotiations when the summer transfer window arrives. Venditelli is the chairman of Score Agencies and has previuosly worked with Eric Abidal and his current clients include St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier and defender Loïc Perrin.

If no agreements are reached, Lacazette would be happy to stay at Lyon. There is no assurance but only ambition on the part of the player who wants to ply his trade for a club that plays Champions League football.

“I will stay at Lyon in January. I have some personal objectives to follow from now until the end of the season. Then at the end of the season we will see. I will speak about staying or not at Lyon.”

For this season Lacazette has two urgent objectives. According to him they are, “The first goal is to improve the position of the team [Lyon are sixth in Ligue 1] and make sure we finish in second place and qualify for the Champions League. The second objective is more personal, it is about scoring goals.”

Lacazette also seems to be clear about the type of team he would like to play with in the next season if he switches to England. On that note he said,


“They should play Champions League and play good football, passing the ball and not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. It would not work for me.”

Lacazette happens to be the French Player of the Year for 2015 having scored 27 goals from 33 games last season. He was the top scorer in the French league. He has suffered from back injury this season but has already scored seven goals in his 16 appearances.

The Frenchman wants to focus on his career with Lyon at the present moment. He concluded, “I love Lyon and have only known Lyon, so obviously it will be a big change if I do go but a change that I am ready for and one that will be good for me and my career. It would be the end of one life and the start of another exciting one.”

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