Lyon send fresh message over Nabil Fekir

Lyon send fresh message to Liverpool over Nabil Fekir transfer move

Lyon send fresh message to Liverpool over Nabil Fekir transfer move

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Tuesday that it would be "difficult" for his club captain Nabil Fekir to find a better side, despite the persistent rumours over the midfielder's future.

A deal for Fekir was nearly completed prior to the World Cup but Liverpool pulled the plug following the player's medical.

Liverpool courted the Frenchman in the early stages of the transfer window and were reportedly close to signing Fekir in a £53m deal with Lyon, with the move collapsing when the Reds were nearly ready to announce their new player.

The Reds remain admirers of the French global, whose Anfield move fell through before the World Cup.

At the unveiling of Leo Dubois, Aulas said: 'In the current context, as the World Champions, with Lyon who has the ambition to do something big next year, it is hard for Nabil to find a genuinely better club who plays Champions League football'.

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Aulas said earlier this month that he still expects Fekir to remain in Ligue 1 for the time being, and the club chief now insists they will keep the newly crowned World Cup victor. "He's a Lyonais, so he'll be there next season", Aulas told Canal Football Club. He's a Lyonnais, so he'll be there next season.

'If they leave, that means we will have received the number we want, we will do everything we can for them not to leave.

Lyon will return to the Champions League group stage after a one-year absence this season. "If he hasn't left by the end of July, he'll stay".

"It's not the size of the offer that will make us change our position on Fekir, but the wishes of Nabil himself".

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