Yohan Gourcuff challenged to shine by Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas
Jean-Michel Aulas says Yohan Gourcuff's future will come down to whether he helps Lyon achieve their aims this season.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 16/03/13 3:03pm
Playmaker Gourcuff is back in the squad after seeing his campaign disrupted by injuries, making just 13 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.
The France international, who is contracted at Lyon until next summer, has failed to live up to expectations since arriving from Bordeaux in 2010, struggling for form and fitness.
He has been linked with a move away in the summer, with Arsenal reported to be long-term admirers of the 26-year-old.
But Aulas says he will struggle to attract interest unless he makes an impact in the final part of Lyon's season, with the club in the mix at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
He told L'Equipe: "We have no choice but for him to again find the value that could attract some clubs.
"The club has to succeed in our project, which means qualification for the UEFA Champions League.
"Then, we will have a talk with him to see if his future is at Lyon. But if we cannot reach our objectives he will have no opportunity because he will not have participated in a positive adventure."
Aulas feels Gourcuff has settled into the squad after a less than smooth start, adding: "He doesn't get injured intentionally.
"He looked like someone who has difficulties adapting in the group so it was not easy. But nowadays he seems much more relaxed with everyone.
"As an official I have to make him comfortable in order for him to give his best."