Nabil Fekir has handed Arsenal a transfer blow heading into the summer window by claiming that he has no desire to leave Lyon.
While Alexandre Lacazette has claimed much of the praise being directed towards the Stade Gerland this term, his 21-year-old strike partner has also been impressive.
Fekir has netted a respectable 12 Ligue 1 goals for Lyon, building on his reputation as one of French football’s most promising young players.
Arsenal are believed to have been alerted by these performances, which has led to reports that a summer swoop may be on Arsene Wenger’s agenda.
However, Fekir has poured cold water on suggestions that he will be leaving in a few months’ time by claiming that he’s keen to stay put and help his side as they venture into the Champions League:
“I feel very good here. There is everything in Lyon, my family, my friends,” he is quoted by Metro.
“The staff and my team-mates have confidence in me. We have a young squad, there’s a great atmosphere. That’s also what makes us strong right now.
“I want to stay at Lyon to build on my season, while hoping that we qualify for the Champions League. There is everything for me to stay in Lyon, it’s the club of my heart. I want to help it go as high as possible.
“I hope I’ll be a Lyon player next season. There’s no reason I won’t be. I’m still a young player, I need to progress in an environment where I feel good. There is everything in Lyon.”
Fekir can play as a striker or an attacking midfielder and has represented France on two occasions at senior level.