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Bastos ready for Lyon switch

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 14 Jul 2009

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LOSC Lille’s winger Michel Bastos says his heart is set on a move to Lyon, as discussions continue between the two clubs over the player’s transfer.

The Brazilian left-side player is being close to an €18m switch to the Stade Gerland but insists that he will always remain indebted to Lille.

“Talks are going on between the two clubs, but I don’t know anything more,” Bastos said. “I’m still under contract at Lille until my transfer is sorted out.”

“I’ve decided to leave but I have to say that the three years I’ve spent at Lille have been the best of my career,” he said.

‘It hurts to leave’

“This is where I grew up, where I started my family. I would like to thank the club with all my heart for what they’ve done for me,” he added.

The lure of Champions League football was too much and played a big part for the 26-year-old’s decision to anticipate a move to the seven-time French champions.

“It hurts me to leave all that [at Lille], but the positive thing is that I’m joining a great club that will allow me to compete in the Champions League and maybe get into the national side,” he said.

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