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Aug 28, 2013

Yoann Gourcuff to remain at Lyon

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed Yoann Gourcuff will not be sold this season following the France international's impressive start to the campaign.

Yoann Gourcuff
Gourcuff had been linked with Arsenal.

Gourcuff, 27, had been touted as a potential summer departure from the Stade de Gerland after failing to deliver on promise suggested by the €22 million fee Lyon paid Bordeaux for him in 2010.

With OL hoping to cut costs to ease their financial worries, the former Rennes and AC Milan man's €6.4 million annual salary - the highest of any Frenchman in Ligue 1 - also came into consideration.

However, despite reported interest from Arsenal, for whom Gourcuff was willing to reduce his wages, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, the playmaker has remained at OL, and having provided two goals and as many assists in three Ligue 1 games this season, he remains a key part of coach Remi Garde's plans for the campaign.

"I met Yoann recently, and he is and always has been completely part of the squad," Aulas told the press. "He's been one of the best elements since the start of the season. I know that he's been through a rough patch.

"As of now he's going to show the immense qualities that brought him to Lyon have not disappeared. Sometimes things start very quickly and other times it's a little slower. But regardless, he'll be with us this season."

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