The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough year in Ligue 1 last season as he scored 13 goals and registered nine assists in 34 league appearances as Lyon ran eventual champions Paris Saint-Germain close for the title.
His brilliant form had seen him linked with a potential summer transfer to the Emirates Stadium or Anfield [via Express Sport], however, he decided to commit his future to the French giants by agreeing a new five-year-contract [via Sky Sports] which has put an end to any potential move for the time being.
Despite signing a new deal with last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up, Fekir has not ruled out playing in England one day but says he wants to continue his development in France:
“This season I have to back up what I have done,” the youngster told France Football [via Star Sport].
“I have to do everything I can to continue progressing, to be frank, I would prefer an experience overseas after OL,” Fekir added.
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Fekir came up against the Gunners during the Emirates Cup last month and he would have undoubtedly been impressed with the performance of the North London outfit as they eased to a convincing 6-0 victory over Lyon.