Speaking to local newspaper Le Progres before this weekend’s huge Derby du Rhone, Alexandre Lacazette – linked with a move to Liverpool by the Daily Mail – has revealed that he would be quite happy to stay at Olympique Lyonnais next season.
He said: “I would like to stay. I am happy at OL, and if I feel that the project continues to move forward, I see myself staying.”
Lyon currently sit on top of Ligue 1 after they beat Bastia 2-0 on Wednesday, when Lacazette scored his 25th goal of the season, setting the club up for Sunday’s huge game against Saint-Etienne.
Paris Saint-Germain still have a game in hand, but the pressure is on the reigning champions rather than Les Gones.
It would now be a huge surprise to see Lyon fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Monaco and Marseille are battling for the third place spot and PSG and Lyon are set for the automatic positions. This would be the first step towards Lacazette staying at the club.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is determined to keep all of his stars at the club for next season, with there a determination to have his top striker at the club for when they open the new Stade des Lumières in January.
There is little doubt that Lyon will receive offers from top clubs around Europe this summer, but with no financial reason to sell and a player happy to stay and help the club in the Champions League, it looks very unlikely that Lacazette will leave Lyon when the transfer window re-opens.