Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has insisted he will only move to a club that will be playing in the Champions League next season.
The forward has already signalled his intention to leave the Ligue 1 side this summer with Arsenal having been continually linked with a summer move.
The Gunners failed with a bid last summer but could reignite their interest although it appears they have will have to secure a top four finish to capture the 25-year-old.
“This summer I might go for a breath of fresh air and try something different, always with the idea of progressing in football and as a person. I’m going to keep working, with the hope that good opportunities come for me this summer,” he told Uefa‘s official website.
“[The team I join] will have to be in the Champions League and play good football – passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me.”
Lacazette has also admitted, however, that he has taken advice from former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as he contemplates leaving the club he joined as a youngster.
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“Thierry Henry shook me and told me to keep pushing myself, something we tend to forget when we are young. It made an impression, of course. When a player like Thierry Henry speaks to you, you pay attention. I realised that being a great player is a full-time job,” he added.
“Could I win the Ballon d’Or one day? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First I will try to leave my mark at the club. Then we’ll see.”
Arsenal are currently six points off fourth place, albeit with a game in hand, and needing to win their last five games and hope others slip up if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.