Bertrand Traore – Leaving Lyon ‘cannot be ruled out’

Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore has suggested that he could leave French outfit Olympique Lyon, in search of more playing time on the pitch elsewhere.

The 25-year-old forward played 35 matches in all competitions for Lyon last season, scoring 4 goals. But was left out of their UEFA Champions League squad for the final eight of the competition in Lisbon, Portugal – where they were knocked-out by eventual winners Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

Traore has recently been linked with a move back to England with Everton and newly promoted side Fulham as possible destinations.

The former Chelsea player has also confirmed “interests” from other clubs, telling Burkina-based publication L’Étalon: “A departure cannot be ruled out. I stayed three years in Lyon. I spent two beautiful years. The third was a bit more complicated.”

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“But it’s part of the life of a professional footballer. Now I have two years of contract left. I am 25 years old, I have played everywhere I have been.” he continued.

“If my situation in Lyon doesn’t change, I can’t stay on the bench all the time. I need to play. I have no time to waste, I’m no longer an 18, 19 or 20-year-old player.”

The forward who has experienced loan spells in the Netherlands with Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax also added: “We will see what will happen. But for now, you have to respect my team. You have to respect Lyon because I still have two years of contract with the club. I have a duty to stay focused on Lyon.”

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Troare has so far made 54 appearances for the Burkinabe senior men’s national team with 9 goals to his name.


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