Lyon boss Garde denies Gervinho swap deal claims

The 47-year-old insists he has no knowledge of a move which would see Yoann Gourcuff head the other way to Arsenal, while the player himself is keen on staying in France
Lyon boss Remi Garde has dismissed claims his side are ready to take Gervinho off Arsenal’s hands in exchange for midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

Goal revealed on Wednesday that Roma have made a €8 million bid for the Cote d'Ivoire forward but reports in France suggest Lyon also hold a strong interest in the 26-year-old.

However, Garde insists talk of a swap deal involving Gervinho and highest earner Gourcuff is simply speculation.

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"That information has not come into my channels. I read that in the press," Garde told Le Progres. "Gervinho is a forward. We've got forwards, youngsters of real quality."

Gourcuff, meanwhile, is keen to aid the development of Lyon’s youngsters if he remains at the Stade de Garland.

"When I was the same age as these players, it wasn't exactly the same situation," Gourcuff told the club's official website. "There were more experienced players around me. But it's good. These youngsters are self-disciplined, focused.

"They need to continue relying on the whole squad. I don't have a particular role with regard to them. I simply wish to transmit them my desire of enjoying yourself and that they feel they can count on me on the pitch. I'm here, available, ready to help them.

"I have a hunger to play, I want to play with the ball as much as possible to get my touch back, and then to re-find that technical understanding with the others without neglecting the physical aspect of things.

"It's important at this time. You have to acquire a good technical and physical basis without wearing yourself out."