Transfer news: Newcastle move for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier called off
The France international has opted to remain at Lyon
Friday 31 January 2014
Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has confirmed he intends to stay with the French club following interest from Newcastle.
Grenier's agent, Frederic Guerra, announced on Thursday evening that his client would remain with Lyon, citing the France international's commitment to the club and an apparent belief he was being undervalued.
A further indication that Grenier would not be making a deadline-day move to the Barclays Premier League came when he appeared at Lyon's press conference on Friday morning.
Although Grenier would not rule out a late development, he underlined a desire to remain with Lyon, who stand sixth in Ligue 1 and are targeting a top-three finish.
"I think I will be there. In football everything moves very quickly, but I don't intend to leave. It's not a priority, even if the offers from big clubs make you think," Grenier said in the press conference, according to Lyon's website.
"I'm not someone who leaves like that. Lyon aren't in the right place but we're getting there. I want to stay here to think about my personal goals. The World Cup is one of my objectives."
Latest in Sport
Anthony Martial transfer: Martial arts not in doubt but £36m is huge gamble by Manchester United
Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo scrapped amid fears of plagiarism
Arjen Robben to Manchester United: Bayern Munich winger linked with Old Trafford, but deal highly unlikely
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners fans devastated as they become only team in top 5 European leagues not to sign outfield player
David De Gea: Manchester United goalkeeper's £29m move to Real Madrid off - because paperwork 'not done in time'
- 1 If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
- 4 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 5 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms