Former Newcastle-linked midfielder open to contract talks after return

Clement Grenier

Clement Grenier returns to the Lyon first-team this week and the midfielder is concentrating on fitness, not contract talks.

After the 2014 World Cup, The Chronicle reported that Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier was a target for Newcastle United. Injury had stopped him from going to Brazil and, in fact, he hasn’t featured in the Lyon team since August.

Now, the 24-year-old playmaker is back in the squad for Wednesday night’s visit of Bastia. He had his return to the second team last week, but Grenier is desperate to get back on to the pitch for the full team.

He has made it clear in the past that his priority was just to get fit enough to play again, not thinking about any possible contract extension, but speaking to Le Parisien he hasn’t ruled out putting pen to paper:

"I know that the president wants to extend my contract. As he knows, my priority is return to the field. I do not close the door. Contrary to what I sometimes hear, there is no problem."

Grenier’s current deal runs till 2016, meaning that past this summer he could start to talk to clubs about a free transfer in January.

The France international is at somewhat of a crossroads. He has lost his place to Nabil Fekir this season and with Lyon likely to sell one or two assets, he might find it is easier to leave the club now than to sign a new deal.

If he is looking for a new club, there will be interest from England, however, his injury this season will see fewer top clubs interested - perfect for a club like Newcastle United.

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