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Lyon don't want to lose Yoann Gourcuff

August 23, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Remi Garde has said he would not be happy if Lyon were forced to sell Yoann Gourcuff -- reportedly a target for Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Monaco -- for financial reasons.

Yoann Gourcuff Lyon goal v Sochaux
GettyImagesGourcuff has made a sparkling start to the season.

Gourcuff, 27, has largely failed to live up to the expectations generated by his €22 million move from Bordeaux in 2010.

However, after ending last season in promising form, the France international midfielder has scored twice and laid on two goals in as many games as his side have made a perfect start to this campaign.

Gourcuff's reported €6.4 million annual salary, which makes him Ligue 1's highest-paid Frenchman, remains a concern for OL -- and Garde acknowledged that the financial pressures on the club could force a sale.

"I wouldn't be delighted to lose a player who has made a very good start to the season,” he said. “But we still have the same necessities, and I'll adapt to the decisions made."

Gourcuff has previously said he would not be opposed to a move away from the Stade de Gerland, and it has been reported that he would take a pay cut to join Arsenal.

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