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Arsenal target Grenier 'waiting for answers'

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June 12, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Clement Grenier is "waiting for answers" from Lyon before deciding where his future lies, the French international midfielder's agent has revealed as Arsenal continue to closely monitor the situation.

A clutch of clubs, with Arsenal reportedly heading the queue, will also be keen to learn what Grenier, who is out of contract at Lyon in 2014, decides when he finally hears back from club president Jean-Michel Aulas and coach Remi Garde upon his return from holiday.

L'Equipe claimed on Tuesday Grenier would remain at the Stade de Gerland this summer but not extend his deal with the club where he has emerged from the youth academy to become a key member of Garde's first-team squad. However, his agent, Frederic Guerra, told RMC nothing has yet been decided.

"There are a lot of questions surrounding Clement's case. To choose is to give up. Clement has told Jean-Michel Aulas and Remi Garde a number of things, and is waiting for answers," Guerra said.

"We're supposed to meet each other when he gets back from holiday. Things are going the way that Clement is perhaps going to stay, but the reverse is possible too. There's nothing definite, there are still meetings to be held. A career choice is not something to be left to chance. Are you really going to earn a year in your career by leaving straightaway? It's really a major headache."

Grenier's father last weekend told TF1 he thought his son would stay at Lyon for the 2013/14 campaign, and the midfielder, who made his senior international debut in last week's friendly in Uruguay, told media while he was in South America he had already made his mind up about his future but was not yet ready to reveal his choice.

Lyon team-mate Remy Vercoutre told Lyon-based paper Le Progres he hoped Grenier would still be in the same dressing room as him come August. "I really hope he stays at OL. He has his head on his shoulders, he's got good people around him. Whichever decision he makes, it will have been well thought through. If he decides to leave, it'll only be because he thinks it'll be for his own good."

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