- Alexandre Lacazette signed a new one-year extension with Lyon in August
- In June, Jean Michel Aulas made public the contract negotiations
- Arsenal and Chelsea target Lacazette scored 31 goals for Lyon last term
- Liverpool were also monitoring his progress
Luke Augustus for MailOnline
05:28 EST, 28 September 2015
09:13 EST, 28 September 2015
Alexandre Lacazette has hit out at Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas for his role in the negotiations over signing a new deal at the club.
Lacazette penned a new one-year extension on his contract last month worth £3.1million a year, keeping him at the Stade Gerland now until 2019.
But despite only recently committing his future to the French giants, the the 24-year-old is unhappy at how the process came about.
Alexandre Lacazette has blasted Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas over his contract talks with Lyon
The 24-year-old penned a new one-year extension on his contract last month worth £3.1million a year
In June, Aulas (above) said he was offering Lacazette a contract extension worth £3m a year to stay at the club
In June, Aulas said he was offering Lacazette a contract extension worth £3m a year, adding the figure would make the striker the club’s best paid player.
Speaking about Aulas’ decision to make the details of discussions of a contract extension public, the 24-year-old told L’Equipe that he was ‘hurt and disappointed’.
‘It hurt. I think that is a justified word to use. When you are a youngster at the club, in the town, and you have never really behaved in a nasty way to anyone, to be treated like that, yes, it hurts. I had had my best ever season, I really helped the team to reach the Champions League again,’ he said.
‘Yes, it is his (Aulas’) attitude. When he talks, a lot of fans listen. And when he retells things, seen from his point of view, it makes you think that the player is in the wrong. Yes his behaviour hurt and disappointed me.’
Lacazette scored 27 Ligue 1 goals and 31 in total for Les Gones in the 2014-15 season in a stunning campaign that saw the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool monitor his progress closely.
Lacazette says he was ‘hurt and disappointed’ by Aulas as well as his treatment from Hubert Fournier
The France international’s displays helped Lyon finish as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain last season. Off the back of this the forward also revealed to L’Equipe he expected more lucrative terms on his new deal after two campaigns of improvement at the club.
However, as the negotiations played out over the summer Lacazette claims he was upset by manager Hubert Fournier for failing to protect him throughout this upon his return to pre-season training.
‘It affects you, to be honest. You want to think about something else, but you cannot,’ he added to L’Equipe.
‘Normally, you are happy to come back (to a new season), to see everyone again… But the coaching staff could see that I was not in a good place. The coaching staff were expecting a lot from me. And to see that I was not in a good way must have annoyed them… I had a face like thunder, drawn features. It really hurt me.’
This season so far, Lacazette has scored just once in six Ligue 1 matches for Lyon as he struggles with a niggling back injury.
The France international feels Lyon boss Fournier (above) failed to protect him throughout his contract talks