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Everything looked set, Lyon president himself had practically announced that Alexandre Lacazette was moving to Atletico Madrid, but a court decision banned the Spanish club from signing any players this summer, leaving the France international in a rather awkward position.
Like everyone else, I heard the news. This was always going to be a possibility, it was 50-50. The decision has not perturbed me, life goes on
Lacazette said in a live Facebook chat hosted by Eurosport, talking about the CAS decision on Atletico.
Could he still sign for the Spanish side and spend the next few months at Lyon, on loan from the Rojiblancos?
A loan to Lyon until the winter window? I have not looked at that much because the president is saying that that is not possible. We will have to prepare ourselves for all eventualities, but that is not the way I want it to go
the French striker said, not exactly ruling out the possibility, but definitely clearing out that it’s not his preferred solution.
After what happened with Atletico, Arsenal have reemerged as strong candidates to sign him, and a good thing about the Gunners is that Lacazette doesn’t seem to be too turned off by the lack of Champions League football next season at Emirates Stadium.
Is the Champions League a dealbreaker for my choice? No, but it is important. In making my choice, I will look at my position in my next club, if there are not too many players, so I won’t be benched and I will be able to play. The Premier League is interesting. That does not mean I will go, and that does not mean I will refuse to go
the Lyon star said.