Fred committed to Lyon
Striker hoping to sign new deal
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: November 24, 2008 12:44pm
Fred: Happy at Stade Gerland
Brazil international Fred is hoping to be awarded a contract extension at Ligue 1 champions Lyon.
The South American striker was strongly linked with a move away from Stade Gerland over the summer, with a clutch of clubs across Europe believed to be monitoring his situation.
However, nothing materialised and Fred remained in France, keen to prove a point to incoming boss Claude Puel.
Having looked sharp, both domestically and in Europe, the 25-year-old has now revealed that discussions regarding a new deal are set to take place in the near future.
"I met all the officials and we spoke about my situation," Fred told Le 10 Sport.
"They explained that they wanted me to stay, and I have the same feeling.
"They did not make me an offer because my brother, who is negotiating on my behalf, was not present. He will arrive in Lyon on Thursday or Friday to discuss terms.
"I believe that an agreement can be reached. I will stay at Lyon.
"At first, the chairman (Jean-Michel Aulas) told me about a three-year deal. Then, he talked about a four or five-year contract.
"Everything remains open at the moment, but I want to stay at Lyon. I want to help the club make history."
When asked about the reported interest over the summer, Fred said: "My brother only had a few contacts with foreign clubs.
"There were no concrete offers. Anyway, Lyon has always been my priority."