The future of Saint-Etienne forward Max Gradel seems to change from day to day. During the week he questioned the ambition of his current club and revealed his desire to return to England, which led to the 27-year-old being linked with a move to Hull City by the Hull Daily Mail.
On Saturday, Gradel may have played his last game for Les Verts, but he went out with a bang. Playing at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne would beat EA Guingamp 2-1, both goals coming from Gradel.
The first came 10 minutes before the break, Yohan Mollo pulled to the right and picked Gradel out by the penalty spot, the Ivorian found the bottom corner. Before the hour mark he made it two, again it came from the right, but this time the ball came from Kevin Monnet-Paquet.
Gradel ghosted in at the back post and applied the right-foot finish. That took Gradel’s tally to 17 for the season, the second his 11th goal in 11 games.
Speaking to the press after the final whistle as quoted by Maxifoot, he made a bit of a U-turn regarding the lack of ambition.
"It was a great season even if we had a hole in the winter. We finished beautifully. This is the most important. If we had said we would be the fight against Monaco and Marseille the end of the Championship, I would not have believed,” said the former Leeds United forward.
"The work of my teammates put me in good positions, and the decisions of the coach allowed me to play well. I have the chance to play at a club like Saint Etienne, it's fun. I could spend all my career here. England? Yes, I like England, of course, but I can also stay.”
In the end it might not be up to Gradel whether he stays or not. Saint-Etienne have a habit of selling their best player for profit. His amazing end of the season will make him very desirable, that could be the most important factor this summer.