Nabil Fekir won’t be moving to the Etihad anytime soon.
Lyon’s attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir’s father has revealed that his son has rejected the opportunity to move to Manchester City, because it would be career suicide to join the club at this stage of his life, according to the Daily Star.
“They [the representatives] pushed for him to sign for City,” Mohamed Fekir said.
“But I told them ‘if it is the case that he would go to City and find himself on the bench it does not interest me and it does not interest my son either.”
The 21-year-old has featured regularly this season in Ligue 1, making 22 appearances, scoring nine goals and getting six assists in the process.
His form has helped Lyon – who won seven consecutive league titles from 2002 to 2008 – return to the top of the table, despite the wealth of resources of rivals Paris Saint Germain.
His strong performances have led to plenty of speculation that the Frenchman would leaving the club in the summer, one of a number of young players linked with a move away from the Stade de Gerland, with both Manuel Pellegrini’s side and Arsenal waiting in the wings to sign the youngster.
But it appears now that Manchester will not be Fekir’s destination.