Last season’s Ligue 1 Player of the Year, striker Alexandre Lacazette wants to play in the Premier League next season. Speaking to Jason Burt of The Telegraph Lacazette has admitted that he would like to play in England next season, but there is a caveat. He would like to play for a Champions League club that play “good football.”
Speaking about the Premier League, he said “Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player, but I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.” “So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.”
Lacazette was the top scorer in the Ligue 1 last season with 27 goals but has ruled out a January move. “I will stay at Lyon in January, I have some personal objectives to follow from now until the end of the season. Then at the end of the season, we will see. I will speak about staying or not at Lyon.” Lacazette wants to help Lyon reach the Champions League and also score as many goals as he can.
Lacazette has certain requirements from his new team “They should play Champions League and play good football, passing the ball and not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. It would not work for me,” he says. (Arsenal?!)
Lacazette has spoken to some French players currently playing in the Premier League “I have spoken with Francis Coquelin and I know [Henri] Saivet who has just signed for Newcastle, and then when I am with the French national team I talk to [Mamadou] Sakho, [Eliaquim] Mangala, [Bacary] Sagna and they all speak very highly of the Premier League,”
Lacazette explains what he likes about the English Premier League “I like the atmosphere in the Premier League. The teams play attacking the football and for a striker that is, even more, attractive. The stadiums, the pitches and there are only big games. It’s incredibly competitive also. It’s very exciting. Look at Leicester, who only came up two seasons ago and now when they play against the top four teams, the big four, they do not change anything in their game and play the same way. So it’s a very attractive league.”
Lacazette has been extensively linked with many Premier League clubs, most notably Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal and although this season has been marred by injuries he is still likely to get his move.