Former Arsenal target (per the Daily Mail) Yoann Gourcuff may have played his last game for Olympique Lyonnais. It has been another disjointed season for the former France international and, out injured again, he may not make a return before the end of the campaign.
Gourcuff – who was once labelled the heir to Zinedine Zidane’s throne – is out of contract at the end of the season and OL president Jean-Michel Aulas has spoken about the player’s future, reported by Foot Mercato, advising if “he leaves, he leaves.”
"Things are not finished and I do not know how they will end. It may not be the end of the collaboration with Yoann [Gourcuff]. I can’t say: "I hope he stays." If we succeed and become champions of France, I can’t imagine [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Nabil] Fekir or [Samuel] Umtiti going. But if Yoann has to leave, he leaves. (...) But if there is an alternative, everyone will benefit."
Magazine France Football is reporting that his former club Girondins de Bordeaux are willing to offer the playmaker a salary of around €1.5 million, which is a drop from the €5.4 million he earns at Lyon.
Gourcuff knows, that because he has only played on average 18 games a season since he moved to Lyon in 2010, he cannot command anywhere near the same wage. Rennes are also reported to be tempted.
There was a time when Gourcuff was constantly linked with a move to England, Arsene Wenger has always been a fan, but his injury problems have all but ruled out any chance he will ever grace the Premier League.
He would have been a wonderful signing in his pomp, but he will always be a player labelled with a “what if?”