Lacazette hints at Lyon stay

The 24-year-old was Ligue 1’s top scorer with 27 goals in the season recently concluded, earning him a recall to the France squad and sparking speculation over a summer switch to champions PSG and Liverpool.

But speaking to Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport, he described those reports as “unfounded” even while expressing his desire to stay in France – with Premier League interest also mooted.

He said: “At Lyon there is everything needed to have another good season.

“Staying in France reduces the risk, especially in the year leading up to the Euro. But all the rumours about PSG are unfounded.”

Reflecting on his wonderful season, Lacazette pin-pointed the moment his form turned around.

He missed a penalty in Lyon’s defeat to fierce rivals St Etienne on November 30 and drew a blank again Reims next time out, but then scored 13 goals in his next nine appearances in all competitions – 20 in 21 between December 7 and the season’s end.

“Things picked up after November,” he said. “When I missed my penalty against St Etienne, that mistake made me work harder.”