I can't stay on bench - Traore eyes Lyon exit

I can't stay on bench - Traore eyes Lyon exit
Bertrand Traore of Lyon (L) and Artem Dzyuba of Zenit in action during the UEFA Champions League

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Sep 09, 2020. 09:00

Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore is frustrated by his lack of game time at former French champions Olympique Lyonnais.

The lanky forward, who netted once in 23 matches (14 starts) in the Ligue 1 last season, is said to have attracted interest from English Premier League side Fulham.

Traore was also left out of Lyon’s squad which went to Lisbon, Portugal for the UEFA Champions League final eight tournament last month by manager Rudi Garcia.

Fulham’s bid was recently reportedly rejected by Lyon and the former Chelsea star has revealed that there are clubs which are interested in his services.

“Precisely, that’s why I came to Burkina Faso. It’s to change my mind a bit, to clear my head a bit. Since the start of the season, we’ve only been talking about that,” Traore told Letalon.

“It is said that Bertrand wants to leave. They say that Lyon no longer wants to keep Bertrand, that Bertrand is unwanted in Lyon… But the most important thing for me is to stay focused on what I’m doing. It is true that there are interests.

“Whereas when there is interest you cannot decide to join a club like that. There are procedures. There is a whole staff behind. You have to study the interests, see how you feel.”

Traore, who had a successful spell with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam before joining Lyon in 2017, is yet to feature for the seven-time French champions in the 2020/21 season.

“I still have two years of contract. You also have to respect your employer. I’m a professional and will stay professional no matter what. That’s what I do, if I have to make a decision,” he added.

“A departure cannot be ruled out. I stayed three years in Lyon. I spent two beautiful years. The third was a bit more complicated.

“But it’s part of the life of a professional footballer. Now I have two years of contract left. I am 25 years old, I have played everywhere I have been.

“If my situation in Lyon doesn’t change, I can’t stay on the bench all the time. I need to play. I have no time to waste, I’m no longer an 18, 19 or 20-year-old player,” he said.

“We will see what will happen. But for now, you have to respect my team. You have to respect Lyon because I still have two years of contract with the club. I have a duty to stay focused on Lyon.”

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