Puel dismisses Grosso exit
Claude Puel has denied that he wants to sell Fabio Grosso despite constant interest from Italy.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 23/07/09 11:53am
Lyon coach Claude Puel has denied that he wants to sell defender Fabio Grosso despite constant interest from Italy.
The 31-year-old has failed to scale the heights he hit when helping Italy lift the World Cup in 2006 but Puel insists Grosso is still very much part of his plans.
The former Palermo left-sider earned a move to Inter of the back of his performances in Germany but lasted just one year at the San Siro before opting to move to Lyon.
Grosso has played the majority of Lyon's games over the last two seasons but he now sees his position in the side threatened by the arrival of Aly Cissokho from Porto.
Moves to the likes of Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina have all been mooted but Puel states the player is happy to stay.
"Fabio is part of the group," Puel told L'Equipe.
"He has stated again his desire to be outstanding with the group and be present against any competition if needed.
"However, there could be some evolution as Fabio is preparing for a World Cup season."
One player who is definitely staying at the club is goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre who has extended his contract until 2012.
Meanwhile, Lyon's big spending this summer may not be over after the club were linked with CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love.
The Brazilian is thought to be keen on a move away from Russia and admitted that he would welcome a switch to Ligue 1.
"I heard Lyon are interested in me, that is great news" he told Le Parisien. "I have a contract with Moscow until 2011.
"Lyon is a good team who can play at the top level, the French league is fantastic so you never know, I might join them.
"However, if they are interested in me they can pay my salary."
Love is thought to be on 350,000 euros a month at CSKA.