Alexandre Lacazette reveals reason for staying at Lyon

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Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected the advances of Liverpool and Arsenal this summer because he wanted to remain in France and challenge Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Ligue 1 Golden Boot in 2014/15.

The Daily Express carries quotes from the 23-year-old talisman, who decided to shed light on his decision to snub interest from the Premier League in favour of playing another campaign at Stade de Gerland under the new tutelage of Hubert Fournier.

After scoring 22 goals in all competitions for Lyon last term, Lacazette attracted admiring glances from a growing list of suitors, with Everton and Newcastle United also monitoring the player's development.

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Arsenal interest

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger perhaps kept the closest eye on the talented striker, as he looked to strengthen his attacking ranks at the Emirates Stadium this season.

The high-profile capture of Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and the return of Costa Rica star Joel Campbell has gone some way to easing the burden on Olivier Giroud, but Arsenal were open to adding another marksman this summer.

Liverpool interest

Liverpool were also mooted as fans of the France international with Brendan Rodgers on the lookout for further reinforcements at Anfield following the recent departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

The Reds have already added England striker Rickie Lambert from Southampton, but are keen to bring in another striker to partner Daniel Sturridge in preparation for an increased number of fixtures ahead of the Merseyside club's return to the Champions League.

Exit talk

Lyon were believed to be open to offers of £16 million or more for Lacazette, fuelling speculation that the Frenchman would move on this summer, with Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly leading the race for the player's signature.

However, after careful consideration the forward rejected the chance to move on and set his sights on another prolific campaign in his homeland.

Alexandre Lacazette quotes:

"Why do I want to stay? Because I am happy at Lyon," he explained. "Lyon is a nice club, a nice city and a nice project.

"There have been propositions from everywhere but after a lot of thinking, I decided it was better to stay."

Arsenal and Liverpool have both now been forced to turn attention to alternative transfer options, but with just three weeks of the window remaining will need to act quickly to conclude negotiations before the deadline.

Lacazette goals in 2013/14

"We will see at the end of the season if I was right, but I think I have made the right decision," added Lacazette.

"Now, at the start of the season, I can't think that I will score more goals than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but I want to try. One day I hope to be a great striker like him."

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