'Arsenal target Fekir won't be sold in January' – Lyon chief

The forward has caught the eye after scoring 11 goals in as many Ligue 1 games so far this season, and has also been linked with Barcelona

In-form Lyon star Nabil Fekir will not leave the club in January, according to the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas.

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Fekir, 24, has caught the eye after scoring 11 goals in as many Ligue 1 games so far this season, while also registering three assists.

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The attacking midfielder is thriving after being named Lyon’s captain at the start of the season and is reportedly on Arsenal’s radar as a result.

However, Lyon chief Aulas has ruled out selling Fekir, who has also been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, during the winter transfer window, telling SFR Sport: “Of course [he will stay in January], and nothing says he’ll leave at the end of the season.

“He’s under contract, he’s happy in Lyon.

“He’s enjoying a period of success football-wise, but also in terms of management as he’s captain of an Olympique Lyonnais that has been able to get itself back on track, and it’s also thanks to him.”

Aulas also says there is a “very good chance” Fekir, who featured for France during the international break, will remain at Les Gones in 2018/19 as well.

“Of course, he has a very good chance of being [at] Lyonnais,” Aulas added. “He’s a symbol.

“In between times, there will be the World Cup. If France is in the final, which I hope for, and Nabil scores the goal that makes France world champions, of course he’ll get offers.

“But that said, we’re going to do everything for Nabil to stay and I think he wants to stay.”

A switch to Arsenal would see Fekir reunite with Alexandre Lacazette, who left Lyon to for the Emirates Stadium in a big-money move last summer.

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