Lacazette: Atleti can take me to next level

Alexandre Lacazette has given his biggest hint yet that he could be joining Atletico Madrid during the off-season, as the Lyon striker looks to take the next step in his career.

The 25-year-old is a product of his hometown club's academy, having racked up 274 appearances in all competitions and scoring 127 goals since making his first-team debut in July 2010.

Lacazette has been linked with a move away from Parc Olympique Lyonnais for quite some time after scoring at least 15 goals in each of the last four Ligue 1 campaigns – Arsenal holding a long-term interest in the France international, who has also attracted the attention of Atletico more recently.

Les Gones owner Jean-Michel Aulas revealed earlier this week that he would allow their star forward to leave for the right price, and Lacazette believes he can reach a new level with Diego Simeone's side playing alongside compatriot Antoine Griezmann.

"I think that's [the upcoming transfer window] the right moment [to leave]," he told L'Equipe. "I want to discover something else, to put myself in danger and to get to the next level.

"People say in passing that I score goals, but I know very well that on the European level I am not very well known. I want to see if I can answer the questions that people are asking, and to make further progress.

"It's totally me [who will decide where I sign]. It's [Atletico] a club that is in the last stages of the Champions League for several years.

"It is a great team, in a new stadium, and it is also a club that makes the players progress. And there is Antoine Griezmann."

Lacazette has netted 26 league goals this term to sit second in the scoring charts, nine behind Paris-Saint German frontman Edinson Cavani.

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