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Money won’t lure Lacazette to EPL


ALEX-LACCAZZETEPARIS, April 17- With Premier League giants Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool hovering, Lyon’s red hot striker Alexandre Lacazette said Friday that any move abroad will be a sporting rather than financial choice.

The 23-year-old is Ligue 1’s top scorer so far with 25 goals this season.

His latest goal on Wednesday against Bastia lifted seven-time former champions Lyon to the top of the table ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.

Discussing his future in an interview with Le Progres newspaper, he said: “It’s too early to say if I’ll have opportunities abroad. It’s always going to be a question of a sporting choice because financially I’m already earning enough in my life.

“And so for me to go off to Qatar next year to earn lots of cash doesn’t interest me.”

Born and raised in Lyon, where he emerged from the club’s youth academy to break into the first team in 2010, Lacazette said he would be happy to remain a one-club player. He signed a two year extension to his contract in 2014 tying him to the side until 2018.

“To make my entire career at Lyon doesn’t bother me as long as they continue to have the development and ambition to have a competitive team, even if we’re not certain to win the Champions League. That’s not a problem.”

Lacazette opened his international scoring account in Euro 2016 hosts France’s 2-0 friendly victory over Denmark last month. He scored the winning goal in the 2010 Euro Under-19 championship final for France against Spain.

If he continues his rich vein of form he is comfortably on target to eclipse PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tally of 26 goals last season and the Swede’s 30-goal haul the previous campaign.