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Feb 4, 2014

Bafetimbi Gomis hints at Lyon stay

Bafetimbi Gomis has suggested he could stay at Lyon come the summer, dashing the hopes of potental suitors looking to lure the France international away from the Stade de Gerland.

Bafetimbi Gomis could remain in Ligue 1 when his Lyon contract expires.
Bafetimbi Gomis has been linked with a move away from Lyon.

With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Gomis, 28, was the target of a campaign led by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to force him out of the club last summer.

After initially being frozen out of the first-team picture, attitudes towards the striker have thawed and he has played a pivotal role in the team's recovery from a poor start to the campaign.

Although he was able to strike a precontract deal with a new club as of January, Gomis told French media he has yet to do so, explaining that there may still be a new dawn for him with seven-time French champions Lyon.

"I'm playing with the attitude of a player who loves his club and respects his contract," said Gomis, for who Aulas was seeking some return on the 15 million euros he paid St Etienne for the player in 2009. "I'm very proud to be at Lyon. It's true there were discussions with Marseille, but I haven't signed any agreement with any club whatsoever.

“You don't know what tomorrow might bring. For me, I'm lucky to play for Olympique Lyonnais. I'm always proud to wear their colours. It's a club and city that I have got to know and to love. So count on me to give my all. After that, we'll speak with the president and find the best solution for both parties."

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