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Alexandre Lacazette returns to Lyon!

Publish on 09/06/2022 at 10:00

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France striker Alexandre Lacazette has returned to Ligue 1 Uber Eats and boyhood club Olympique Lyonnais, five years after leaving for Arsenal and the English Premier League.

"It's a return that fills us with happiness and ambition," said club president Jean-Michel Aulas at the press conference to introduce 31-year-old Alexandre Lacazette. Indeed, a few hours before the official opening of the summer transfer window, Olympique Lyonnais announced the return to the club of its striker, a graduate of the club's renowned youth academy, for the next three seasons. The French international has signed a contract with English club Arsenal that runs until 30 June 2025, the club said.

Lacazette was transferred to Arsenal in July 2017 for a record €60m (including bonuses), noted OL in their press release.  He arrived at the club in 2003 at the age of 12 and played 15 seasons, including eight for the senior team, with whom he played 275 games and scored 129 goals, including 100 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats - the championship in which Lacazette was crowned top scorer in 2014-15. Last season, Alexandre Lacazette racked up six goals and eight assists in 36 games for Arsenal.

Lacazette: 'Back to a great Lyon

"The project was stronger (even without European qualification). I felt useful, be it in the dressing room or on the pitch. It's moving to come back. I have progressed in my leadership. I hope that now we will find a great Lyon side and have a good season", said the French striker, who did not want to communicate his shirt number with Olympique Lyonnais for the moment - the last mystery surrounding Alexandre Lacazette's return to Ligue 1 Uber Eats.

 

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