x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Bastos anxious for decision to be made on Al Ain deal

The Brazil winger wants his future resolved soon as negotiations between Lyon and the Pro League champions continue.

Michel Bastos celebrates his goal for Lyon against Troyes
Michel Bastos celebrates his goal for Lyon against Troyes

Michel Bastos wants an end to the speculation surrounding his future as the Lyon winger waits to discover if he will ply his trade in the Pro League this season.

Al Ain have been locked in negotiations with the French club for more than a month, with the UAE champions prepared to offer only €6 million (Dh27m), rising to a possible €9m.

Lyon are holding out for €10m.

Bastos scored in Lyon’s 4-1 win against Troyes on Saturday night, a match expected to be his last at Stade Gerland.

Reports in France before the weekend claimed a deal with Al Ain would be concluded by Tuesday, although Bastos does not seem as confident.

“I do not know yet if I will stay,” the Brazilian told RMC, the French radio station. “It is possible that I will remain and it is also possible that I leave.

“I had a proposal that interests me. The only thing is that I want it resolved soon because the current situation is not good for me or for my family.”

He later added on Lyon’s official television channel: “For me my goal is a gift from God. With everything that has happened recently, it spoke a lot about me.

“I had an injury, a family problem, concerns with the transfer ... I was eager to regain some stability.

“My future? I do not know, when I wear this shirt I give myself thoroughly.

“Me, if I must stay, I do not have a problem. We had a proposal, which was of interest me and to the club. But I never said I did not like [Lyon].”

 

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