Grenier snubs Arsenal to sign new Lyon deal

The midfielder has decided to continue his career at the Ligue 1 giants, while Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed Bafetimbi Gomis, Jimmy Briand and Yoann Gourcuff could all leave

Clement Grenier has ended all speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Olympique Lyonnais until the summer of 2016 amid strong interest from Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger recently admitted he was attracted by the prospect of bringing the 22-year-old to the Premier League, but Grenier has decided to extend his stay with his current club.

“My progress at Lyon is not over yet,” Grenier said at a press conference.

“I have had a good last six months but I still have a lot to learn here.”

Meanwhile, head coach Remi Garde was delighted to tie the France international to a new deal.

“I am very happy to continue working with Clement Grenier. Hopefully we can help him progress further.”


Club chairman Jean-Michel Aulas then went on to reveal a number of high-profile players are likely to leave the club ahead of the new season.

France international trio Bafetimbi Gomis, Jimmy Briand and Yoann Gourcuff have all been linked with departures in the close season and Aulas is welcoming offers for all three.

He added: “Bafe and Jimmy Briand are awaiting departure. For Yoann Gourcuff, we are looking for opportunities.”

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