Alexandre Lacazette is already a better player than Gareth Bale, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.
The French striker has notched a stunning 20 goals in 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season, attracting attention from a host of sides, including Arsenal and Liverpool.
His tally means that Lacazette only trails 2014 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of goals scored in Europe’s top five leagues this term, with the Portuguese ace on a sensational 26.
There have been suggestions that Lyon will be unable to keep their man – who has talked up a move – this month as the interest in his signature mounts, but Aulas claims he’s going nowhere and that he’s already superior to Bale:
“You can’t put a figure on it [Lacazette’s value],” he is quoted by Goal. “What’s the name of the Welshman at Real Madrid? I think Alexandre is a lot better. But Alexandre doesn’t have a price, so it’s pointless thinking of one.
“He is an intelligent boy, he knows the team and the coach allow him to express himself and to become one of the best European strikers.
“The OL will grow faster than all its major European competitors. Would Alexandre be wise to leave before Euro 2016? I do not think so.
“The question is whether we can reach the Champions League, we need to do that to keep our best players.”
Lacazette signed a two-year contract extension last year, tying him to the Stade Gerland side until 2018.