Garde ready for Gourcuff exit

The talented Frenchman has attracted interest from Arsenal and Newcastle United, and his current coach says he has a contingency plan if he does leave Lyon.

Lyon coach Remi Garde has revealed the club is prepared for the possible departure of star player Yoann Gourcuff.

The 27-year-old playmaker has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle and Arsenal reportedly interested. While he would not welcome the former AC Milan man's departure from the Stade de Gerland, Garde acknowledged contingency plans are in place should this happen.

"I wouldn’t be delighted to lose a player who has made a very good start to the season," he said. "But we still have the same necessities, and I’ll adapt to the decisions made."

Gourcuff, a French international, has started the Ligue 1 season in fine form, scoring twice in two games to help Lyon to maximum points.