Alex Lacazette has made it very clear that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer and says he’d be unhappy if rumours of the club trying to include him in a swap deal for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey were true.
The France international has two years left to run on his current contract at the Emirates but has been tipped for an exit this summer because the club needs funds to strengthen other areas of the pitch.
The 29-year-old, who signed from Lyon in 2017 for a then club-record fee that was set to top £50 million with add-ons, was voted the club’s player of the year in 2019 and has scored 48 goals in 127 appearances.
In an interview with L’Equipe on the eve of the new season, Lacazette said: “I am at Arsenal, I signed a 5-year contract to progress & win titles. I have another 2 years. I am determined to stay.”
When challenged with the rumours of his participation in a swap deal he added: “If that is true, no, that does not make me happy.”
Interviewer: “But when you read that Arsenal want to put you in a deal with Atlético Madrid for Thomas Partey, that must make you happy?”
Alexandre Lacazette: “If that is true, no, that does not make me happy.”
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 11, 2020
For what it’s worth, Mikel Arteta has played down suggestions that Lacazette could leave, saying in today’s press conference: “He is really happy here, he wants to keep improving and contributing to the team. I know how good he is, the impact he is having.
“He knows about the competition he has with the front players, and again he needs to demand of himself to be the best striker at this football club, the same as the rest. He was very happy to hear that and the way he has been training and conducting himself has been excellent.”