French International Wants To Stay Put At Lyon – Here’s Why

There was news in lesport10 yesterday that Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had made it a priority to sell his striker sign Bafétimbi Gomis this summer, because the French club was short of money and Gomis is one of their best players.

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Bafétimbi Gomis – wants to stay at Lyon

But news coming out of France and specifically from the French Daily L’Equipe, is that Gomis is determined to stay put at Lyon.

This is what L’Equipe have reported today – and this is what Gomis has said in the paper – with the translation by Google translate:

“If I get a year of the end of my contract, it’s not my fault.” I respect all the clubs, but I still have the right to decide my own destination, right?” “I want to choose without being forced, even if it gives me more advantages staying at Lyon.”

That reference to one more year on his contract, refers to the fact that Gomis signed a five year contract in the summer of 2009, when he was signed for €14M from St. Etienne,

And of course that means he will be a free agent next summer and can leave for nothing, which is one reason Lyon want to sell him this summer.

And of course Gomis has every legal right to see out his contract and then become a free agent next summer, just like Danny Simpson did at Newcastle this summer.

We had revealed yesterday that Newcastle put in a £10M bid for him back in the summer of 2008 when he was still at St. Etienne, but we’d be very surprised if Gomis ends up at Newcastle this summer.

And according to news in the Evening Chronicle from Lee Ryder this morning, Newcastle are after younger and hungrier strikers than we’ve been linked with so far this summer.

What do you think?

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