Alexandre Lacazette has once again spoken about his future at Olympique Lyonnais, and his comments will be of great interest to clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal, both constantly linked with a move for the France international, as mentioned by The Mirror at the start of the week.
Lyon take on Marseille this Sunday evening in the eagerly anticipated Olympico battle at the Stade Velodrome. The away side are top of Ligue 1 but have both Paris Saint-Germain and OM breathing down their neck. They may even drop to second before the game kicks off this weekend if PSG can win away at Bordeaux four hours before two of France's great clubs do battle.
In the pre-game press conference, Lacazette spoke about a number of issues, regarding his fitness and his partnership with another Arsenal target, Nabil Fekir, but it's the last few comments about his future that will interest English clubs most.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has always reiterated that he won't be pressured into selling Lacazette in the summer and that Lyon are in a strong financial position to keep all their stars before they open their new stadium next January. However, Lacazette is not closing any door just yet:
"If the President wants me to leave for the good of the club or other reasons, I will have to do so. It's not an open door, just a reality"— OL News (@OLNews_eng) March 13, 2015
"I am a Lyon player and I have a contract, but you never know what will happen in the future. The President & I will discuss. We'll see if I stay or not."
"If the President wants me to leave for the good of the club or other reasons, I will have to do so. It's not an open door, just a reality."
"Everyone knows that in football, every summer, everyone can go."
"If you get pushed out, you have to go, even if players want to stay for life in a club. Next year, I will play Champions League football.”
What Lacazette has done is put the ball into Aulas’ court. If Lyon need to sell, then the door is open, but it is obvious that he is happy at the club, but understands the reality of modern-day football.
Lacazette is contracted until 2018, so it would take a substantial bid from anyone to prise him away from OL. If Liverpool, Arsenal or anyone else wants to sign him this summer, you are looking in excess of €30 million, roundabout the same price that Chelsea had to spend to bring Eden Hazard from Lille.
At the end of the press conference, Lacazette did say that he "would be playing in the Champions League next season", which means that Brendan Rodgers side would need to overtake Manchester United if they want to have any chance of signing the French forward this summer.