Ligue 1 top-scorer says no to a big money Premiership move


French striker Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed that he will be staying at Lyon next season despite interest from a host of Premiership sides that included Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The 24-year-old scored 27 goals last season to help Lyon to qualify for the Champions League, and now the French international has confirmed he will be at the Stade de Gerland next season dashing the hopes of the Premiership clubs who were trying to sign him.

When speaking to reporters after Lyon’s 2-1 friendly win over AC Milan on Saturday evening the Frenchman said: “What people say doesn’t mean much.”

“I can still work well.

“I can show everyone that my mind is not in another place. I have already told the head coach and the president that I want to stay in Lyon.

“I am fully committed to our project for this season. Whatever happens outside stays outside. Personally, I know what I want for this season.

“I was happy with the way our fans reacted during the game. I received a lot of messages that were, you could say, ‘mean’ on Twitter.

“That’s life, that’s football. I want to thank everybody that believes in me and supports me. Thank you to the public tonight.

“The best answer will be to have a great season and to prove to everyone that money is not what I am looking for. That’s football.”