Grenier: Now not the time for deal talks
Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has said now is not the time to discuss his long-term future at the club, and he also stuck up for often-criticised colleague Yoann Gourcuff.
Remi Garde's stumbling side face a tricky trip to Montpellier on Friday knowing that their hold on a top-three berth is looking decidedly weak just now. According to L'Equipe, Grenier, whose current contract expires in 2014, is looking to increase his salary from €80,000 a month to €250,000, but the 22-year-old says he has other priorities.
"Now is not a good time to negotiate," he was quoted as saying. "Results take priority. Maybe (I am greedy) but no figures have been mentioned. I know what I want but the club don't know. I will ask to receive what I think I am worth. But I don't want to talk about money. In France, money is taboo. There is so much jealousy."
Grenier, who dismissed any comparisons with Kaka as being down to his physical appearance rather than his footballing ability, has usurped the injury-prone Gourcuff as the first-choice playmaker in the Lyon team in recent times.
Gourcuff has played just 12 league games, scoring a single goal, in the current campaign and it is known that OL would be pleased to get the expensive flop off their wage bill.
However, there are unlikely to be many takers for a player who has lost his way at the Stade de Gerland after being the star of Bordeaux's title-winning team in 2009.
"We have always got on," Grenier said of his relationship with the France international, whose private life is the subject of regular speculation in gossip magazines. "I don't pretend to know everything about him, but the stuff I read and hear, it's just not him. It is absurd that there is so much talk about him because there is not really much to say."
Earlier this week, France Football claimed that Monaco were the only club in any position to even consider making a move for the 26-year-old Gourcuff, who has in the past been heavily linked with Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff told RMC on Thursday night that it would be "impossible" to bring his son to the modest Brittany club.
"I am not enjoying what he is going through. The important thing for him is to play and enjoy playing," he said. “For him to come to Lorient is impossible with the way football is today. It is the stuff of fantasy. I can't even imagine it."