Juninho to leave Lyon at the end of the season?
Lyon club captain Juninho has revealed that he could possibly leave the French champions at the end of the season, or retire from football all together.
The Brazilian told France Football; “I am closer to the end of my career than the beginning, I must prepare well and admit that things will soon be finished.
We have to accept that time passes and that on the day I have to leave, I do it in the manner of Grégory Coupet , not do it with my head bowed.”
Juninho joined the French champions in 2001, before the club had ever one the French Ligue 1 in their history. Since then Juninho and Lyon have won the title on 7 consecutive occasions, whilst the Brazilian has appeared over 250 times for the club, scoring 92 goals to date.
A number of European clubs are likely to be alerted by the news, especially after Juninho mentioned ex-team mate Gregory Coupet, who left Lyon to join Atletico Madrid in the summer.
Juninho also revealed that he believes Lyon still have the quality to retain the Ligue 1 title this year, despite French media suggesting the gap between the French champions and other Ligue 1 clubs in shrinking and that the likes of Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse finally have the quality to really challenge for the title this year.
Juninho told France Football; “We are top of Ligue 1 and still in the race for the Champions League. The first objective is to qualifying in the Champions League. Our season can be very successful.”
You can watch Juninho here at the Live Sports Network, where you can see Lyon in live football online including Live Champions League football online.
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