COMMENTARY | Lyon playmaker Clément Grenier has told French newspaper Le Parisien that Arsenal have had a bid rebuffed for his services. The player stated, "I know Lyon have rejected an offer from Arsenal. Of course it is flattering that clubs are interested in me. It's hard for me to talk about my future now because I'm not yet certain of it. I prefer to wait to be 100 per cent sure of what is going to happen before I do it."
Just a few days ago, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas stated that Grenier would be back with the French club for the upcoming season, and even declaring that both the club and Grenier wanted to work on a contract extension.
However, the comments from Grenier have thrown his future with the French club into uncertainty. It seems as if Aulas wants to do his best to hold on to the rising star, but no contract has been hammered out as of yet. Grenier recently told L'Equipe, "Perhaps I'll be at Lyon (next season). Anyway, I have a year left on my contract, so whatever happens, if the club doesn't want to sell, I'll be a Lyon player. The president knows what I want, that's why we're trying to strike a deal."
Grenier made his first senior appearance for France just last month. The midfielder also made 28 appearances (20 starts) for Lyon during the 2012-2013 season, scoring seven goals and adding six assists. Grenier has plenty of upside, as he is only 22 years old, and it seems as if Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger is very keen on the player.
Wenger recently told French television program Telefoot, "We are following him. His intelligence of play pleases me. He has interesting qualities. He reminds me of (Samir) Nasri."
It appears that the summer saga regarding Grenier's future will finally be resolved soon, as the French midfielder will have a meeting with Lyon brass at the end of the week. Grenier told Le Parisien, "My decision will be made and announced after the meeting. As soon as I'm 100 per cent certain, then I can say more about it. Even for me it's a little complicated. I'm very happy to return to Tignes, to prepare. I know the season will be long. That's my priority for the moment."
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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