Arsenal & Newcastle-linked Maxime Gonalons won't move to England

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Maxime Gonalons is happy to form part of an ambitious project at Lyon having previously been linked with Premier League sides Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Maxime Gonalons is a product of Lyon’s academy system and is currently club captain at Stade Gerland.

His strong ties to the Ligue 1 club would be difficult to break, with there a desire on his part to return the club to the top of French football.

The big spending of Paris St Germain and Monaco has nudged them down the pecking order in recent years, but an exciting young squad is moving in the right direction again.

It is that ambition which Gonalons is now buying into and is helping to prevent his head from being turned by regular rounds of transfer rumours.

The talented midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, treading a path well worn by a number of fellow Frenchmen, but he claims to have no interest in reports of admiring glances being shot in his direction from the likes of Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Gonalons told BeIN Sports: "The young lads still have a lot to learn; the world of professional football isn't easy, either on or - especially - off the pitch.

"There are lots of different parameters to take in to account. But I've always said, if the club is capable of holding on to all the young players, I think that in two or three years we'll have a really formidable team, because we have quality players and good people.

"The big new stadium is going to be ready early in 2016. When you see the club's ambition it makes you want to stay."

Lyon will be delighted to hear their skipper committing himself to the club for the foreseeable future, but they need to prove that they can match his ambition and deliver on their potential.

At the age of 25, Gonalons will not hang around forever if his current employers fail to deliver.

He needs to be gracing the grandest of stages – the Champions League etc – on a regular basis if he is to add to his six senior caps for France.

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