Lacazette signs new Lyon deal

The 24-year-old striker has snubbed interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs to pen a new contract with OL

Olympique Lyonnais have announced striker Alexandre Lacazette has signed a new deal running until 2019.

The 24-year-old, who hit 27 Ligue 1 goals last term to finish as France’s top marksman, had been heavily linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer.

But club president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed on Saturday that the France international is set to stay put after agreeing a new contract with OL.

“People can stop talking about me,” Lacazette told a press conference as the club unveiled Brazilian defender Rafael from Manchester United.

“Now I hope we will talk about me only because I am scoring goals and winning games with Lyon.

“The team is growing, there is the Champions League, there is [a new stadium] and therefore there is no reason to leave.”

Lacazette also spoke of his new team-mate.

“We were all very happy with the arrival of Rafael. This is a modern team, fast and technical.”
A host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal, had been tipped to bring the France international to England, and the hierarchy of the club have expressed their happiness at his decision to extend his stay at Stade de Gerland.

Aulas said: “I’m very happy that Alexandre has extended his stay with Lyon by an additional year.”

“It’s great news for the club,” added former coach Bernard Lacombe, now in an advisory role with the club.

“It means Alex can relax. I am very happy.”