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Gourcuff in talks over extended Bordeaux stay

Yoann Gourcuff has confirmed he has opened talks with Bordeaux with a view to making his loan deal from AC Milan permanent.

Les Girondins have until the end of May to take up the option of signing the France playmaker, for a fee believed to be in the region of 15 million euros.

Gourcuff, who is in the form of his life at the moment and has been the shining light in Bordeaux's charge to the top of the Ligue 1 table, admits he is "blossoming" at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

And although he has not yet agreed on a deal to stay on with Les Girondins, negotiations have begun.

"I haven't yet taken a decision (on future)," he said.

"There was an initial meeting on Thursday. We will talk again quite soon, seeing that the end of the season is approaching."

Gourcuff, who has established himself as a regular with France this season, admits he is walking on water at the moment.

The midfield schemer scored one and had a hand in Les Girondins' other two goals as they beat Le Mans 3-2 at home last night to go three points clear of Marseille at the summit of Ligue 1.

His driven cross for Bordeaux's first goal, scored by Marouane Chamakh, was jaw-dropping and his latest strike takes his tally for the campaign to 12, five of which have come in the last four games.

Everything he touches has turned to gold in the past couple of months during Bordeaux's nine-match winning run.

"I am back on the right path just at the right time, and asking myself no questions," he said.

"I am happy with my assist for Marouane's equaliser because it really was the trajectory I wanted.

"I am having some success at the moment."

OM's game in hand comes against Lyon tonight, and their goal difference is slightly better than Bordeaux's.

But Les Girondins have an easier run-in and are arguably slight favourites to land their first title since 1999.

They were not at their best against Le Mans, but they managed to grind out another three points.

"The fact that we are having to turn situations around is tiring us out, physically and mentally," Gourcuff said.

"You only have to see the players at the end. But there is no point talking about the physical side of it all - with two matches left, it is a question of our attitude.

"I hope our mental strength will allow us to do something great."

Bordeaux are looking to complete a domestic double, having already won the Coupe de la Ligue earlier this season.


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