French ace won’t be forced out.
Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has said that he will not be forced into rushing into any decisions over his future as Swansea still hope to tie up a deal to bring him to south Wales, Sky Sports reports.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Capital One Cup winners, amongst others, with the former French champions keen to offload him in order to streamline the squad in preparation for new arrivals.
However, the France international has stated that he won’t be forced out of the club and any decision made will be of his own volition.
“Did I refuse Swansea? I have respect for all the clubs, but I can still choose my destination, can’t I?” Gomis told L’Equipe.
“I want to choose but without constraint, even if I have been offered better conditions than in Lyon.
“It is not a financial matter to me. The first year, Lyon found an agreement with Fenerbahce, but it didn’t prevent me from refusing. This time it is different, it is the very first time the coach told the press he doesn’t rely on me.
“He didn’t call me. It is not the most polite thing to do to a player who scored about 50 goals since you have been in charge. I think I deserve a bit more consideration
“Two years ago I wanted to stay and they wanted to sell me to Rubin Kazan. If I have just one year remaining on my contract it is not only my fault.
“They proposed an extension, but I told the chairman we would take stock at the end of the season and if a club could attract me I would leave. Otherwise we would talk about an extension. Then in December, he told the press he was in talks with Liverpool or Chelsea, but I wanted to finish the season at Lyon.
“If I can’t find a club that could offer me the guarantees I am expecting, which has the ambition I am looking for, I will stay. I will be ready to help the team.
“I will work to be ready to help if they call me. However, nobody will force me to go where I don’t want to go, that is for sure. I am still at Lyon, and I am far from having already left.”