Cacapa set for Lyon exit
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Claudio Cacapa looks close to ending a seven-year association with Lyon.
Claudio Cacapa looks close to ending a seven-year association with Lyon after refusing the club's final contract offer.
The imposing Brazilian has been an integral player in Lyon's dominance of French football in recent years, but now looks ready to seek pastures new, after failing to strike an accord over an extension with the champions.
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that he presented Cacapa with a deal until 2008, but the player was not sufficiently impressed with the terms to commit his future to Stade Gerland.
"We asked Claudio to give us an answer about the proposition we made before March 31," said Aulas.
"We proposed to extend his contract until June 2008, under some conditions. He didn't do it.
"So we consider the player to be a free agent at the end of the season."
Cacapa has concurred with his chairman's sentiments, echoing his stance that a previoulsy fruitful relationship is now drawing to a close.
Ç£I want to leave and I won't extend my stay at the end of the season,Ç¥ Cacapa told But.
Ç£That is a very hard moment for me but that is life."
Another player who has seen his future speculated upon of late is France international Florent Malouda, with several of Europe's finest believed to be monitoring his progress.
Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid are all believed to be interested in his services, along with several English clubs, but a é¼20million (£13.5million) fee reportedly being sought by Lyon could prove prohibitive.