Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is still undecided about his future, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas.
Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are just three of the clubs that have been heavily linked with his signature over the past few months, but it’s still not clear as to whether Lacazette will leave Lyon this summer.
After the club’s Europa League semi-final exit against Ajax Aulas said, “There are a number of theories about players wanting to leave or not. Lacazette? Alexandre needs to want to leave, which isn’t a total certainty at this point.”
It seems as though Aulas is only delaying the inevitable with his comments here, especially because Lyon have underperformed in Ligue 1 this season and find themselves eleven points off third-placed Nice, who themselves had fallen away in the title race towards the latter stages of the campaign after an impressive start.
This means that Lyon will have to make do with another year of featuring in the UEFA Europa League, something that Lacazette himself has said he wants to rectify in future.
After their win over Montpellier this past weekend, the 25-year-old said:
“I would have liked to do more to be higher in the league. I want to do everything I can to score two more goals next match (would take him to 100 Ligue 1 goals).
“During this season, I progressed in front of goal and I helped my colleagues better with defensive work. We will see for my future after the final match. One can always see what is going on elsewhere, but I will not leave for the sake of leaving.
“Will I be at the World Cup? It is not a criteria that will affect any decision I make on my future.
“I would prefer to think about where I will enjoy myself and my career.”