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Alexandre Lacazette will only leave Lyon for side in Champions League

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has said he will he will only leave his current side for a club playing in the Champions League.

Lacazette, 25, has been linked with a transfer away from Lyon with a number of sides reportedly interested, including Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

The France international, who has scored 24 Ligue 1 goals this season, told media: "[The team I will join] will have to be in the Champions League and play good football.

"Passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me."

Lacazette was also prolific in front of goal last season, netting 21 times in 34 league appearances.

Lyon are fourth in Ligue 1, 20 points behind third-placed Nice, with four matches of the season remaining.

Meanwhile, former Lyon manager Remi Garde told the Guardian of Lacazette: "I rate him very highly. I have the feeling now he is ready -- he is strong enough in his head to settle into any team. I know him very well.

"He improved a lot thanks to his commitment at each training session. The way he supports and leads the team this season is unbelievable.

"He never left Lyon before and I know from my own experience as a kid of Lyon that when you leave your city for the first time it's quite difficult. If he chooses the right club, the right manager, and they have a little patience with him, they will be rewarded."

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