Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir has insisted that he is not looking to leave the Stade de Gerland this summer, but admitted that he is not closing the door to a departure.
Fekir’s latest comments—in an interview with Onze Mondial, via Le 10 Sport—appear to indicate that the forward has no intention of leaving Lyon, he has left the door open to an exit.
“We are talking a lot about a departure,” he began, “but honestly, I am not thinking of leaving.
“Even if we never know what can happen in football, as things are, I am staying at Lyon.”
The 21-year-old forward enjoyed a magnificent campaign in Ligue 1, scoring 13 goals in 34 outings for OL. While Hubert Fournier’s side were unable to beat PSG to the title, his team dazzled, complete with several exciting young players.
Fekir, who contributed nine assists, was arguably Les Gones’ outstanding individual, earning himself a France call-up in the process.
The youngster turned his back on Algeria, to make his debut for Les Bleus against Brazil. He went on to win his second cap during a friendly against Denmark.
His form in the French top flight earned him the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award, and has attracted interest from two of Europe’s giants.
According to Eurosport earlier in the year, Arsenal were believed to be keeping tabs on the forward.
However, they may face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who are also keen on Fekir, according to Le Figaro.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has declared his intention to keep hold of the player, who is one of the club’s prized possessions via Le 10 Sport.