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Lyon confirm Gourcuff could leave

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has added fuel to speculation linking star midfielder Yoann Gourcuff with a summer exit from Gerland.

The club chairman revealed plans to reduce the wage bill by selling three of the highest earners by next summer and the former Bordeaux playmaker could be one of the players to leave.

Aulas stated that star forward Lisandro Lopez was unlikely to leave the club in the near future, but the situation is a bit different with Gourcuff.

“We have made a considerable investment and effort to sign him. At the time, he was the best player in France,” Aulas told reporters at a press conference.

“He has suffered numerous difficulties. For now, we cannot say that we have translated the investment into economic performance.

”If he returns to the top level, his situation will be assessed, and if he wants to leave, then we could do a transfer.”

Aulas is spot on when saying Gourcuff was the best player in France when he made a €22 million switch to Gerland in the summer of 2010, but the player has utterly failed to prove his worth at Lyon.

Gourcuff has scored just 6 goals in 39 Ligue 1 games for les Gones, and even lost his place in the national team.

It is for that reason that nobody will be surprised if Lyon decide to cash in on the player next summer.

Wed 24 Oct, 2012
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