Bastos agent plays down Juventus link

The Bianconeri are reportedly keen on the Brazilian, but while the player's representative has hinted that his client could leave France, Turin is not a likely destination
By Hocine Harzoune

The agent of Michel Bastos has played down speculation linking the Lyon star with Juventus - but strongly indicated that his client has offers from other clubs.

The Brazil international has been repeatedly linked with a move to Turin but while his representative denied any contact with the Bianconeri, he did not rule out the possibility of the 28-year-old leaving Stade Gerland this summer.

"You're talking to me about Juve, but we are working in different directions," Emmanuel de Kerchove revealed to "I cannot tell you anything for the moment, though.

"What I can tell you is that he and I are working on and speaking about his situation."

Bastos, Cris, Kim Kallstrom and Aly Cissokho came in for some stinging criticism from club owner Jean-Michel Aulas on Thursday for failing to justify their lofty salaries.

However, De Kerchove insisted that the Selecao winger has not been upset by his employer's comments and has no intention of using the flak to initiate a transfer.

"Michel is happy at Lyon," the agent stated. "There is no problem. I do not see where the conflict lies.

"He will continue to train there and he is an Olympique Lyonnais player who has a contract that runs until 2015. "

Bastos, who has been capped 10 times by his country, joined Lyon from Lille three years ago for a reported €18 million.