Girondins de Bordeaux owner Nicolas de Tavernost has admitted that the club are open to a return for playmaker Yoann Gourcuff this summer.
The France international starred for the Bordelais between 2008 and 2010 having arrived at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with his reputation in tatters following a difficult spell in Serie A with AC Milan.
In Italy, he failed to gel with his teammates and struggled to assert himself within the first team—a task made difficult due to the massed ranks of midfield talent at the club during Gourcuff’s spell.
He returned to Ligue 1—where he had previously featured with Stade Rennais—in 2010 when he signed with Lyon.
The attacking midfielder has been influential this season as Les Gones have rediscovered their domestic dominance. Having won the league seven times between 2002 and 2008, Lyon had fallen from grace, but find themselves only one point off leaders Paris Saint-Germain with eight games to do.
However, despite some fine performances, Gourcuff has not renewed his contract and will likely be available on a free in the summer, prompting talk of a move back to his former stomping ground.
“If he is available at the season’s end, we will watch with attention,” commented de Tavernost, as reported by L’Equipe.