Fred hopes for Lyon stay

Brazilian striker aims to agree contract extension

Fred: Eager for new deal

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Brazilian striker Fred insists he is happy to stay with French champions Lyon.

The 25-year-old is a free agent next summer and has been linked with a move to either Roma or domestic rivals Marseille in the New Year.

But the Brazil international has signalled his desire to open talks with club president Jean-Michel Aulas over an extension at the Stade Gerland.

Fred earned a move to Lyon in 2005 after scoring 110 goals in 128 games for America and Cruzeiro, and does not feel he has fulfilled his potential in France after scoring 33 goals in 80 games.

"My priority is staying with Lyon," he told L'Equipe.

"I have talked with Bernard Lacombe (special advisor to Aulas) and the coach (Claude Puel), but the president is the boss.

Important player

"The most important thing for me is if the club wants to give me an opportunity to become the real Fred, the one I was in Brazil - if they rely on me and if I am considered an important player.

"I want to talk to Lyon as soon as possible, but if we can't find an agreement I will be forced to talk with other clubs," Fred added.

"In January, I'll get lots of offers. I won't talk with anyone before January, I haven't had any contact yet with Lyon or anyone else."

Karim Benzema has emerged as Lyon's top striker since Fred's arrival at the club but Fred insists he is happy to partner the 20-year-old France international.

"I can play with Karim Benzema," he said. "In fact, we love playing together."