Aulas laments Chamakh situation

Lyon chairman Jean Michel Aulas says he is disappointed that Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh is set to move to England this summer rather than join the seven-time French champions.

The 25-year-old recently revealed that he has agreed terms with four Premier League clubs - Sunderland, Blackburn, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur - adding that he was less hopeful of securing a dream move to Arsenal.

But Lyon chief Aulas, speaking at the presentation of new signings Michel Bastos - from Lille - and Porto defender Aly Cissokho, said he would also like to add the Ligue 1 hot-shot to the club's ranks ahead of the new campaign, but did not anticipate the forward leaving one French club to join another.

"When I see that Chamakh wishes to leave, but that people would authorise a departure to England but perhaps not France, it is regrettable," he said.

"Because we would be ready to welcome him with open arms."

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