Olympique Lyonnais star Nabil Fekir is looking for a move, but realises he may have to wait another year to leave the club.
Heading for a big season, Fekir grabbed four goals and an assist during Lyon’s first four Ligue 1 games this season and forced himself into Didier Deschamps’ national team starting eleven, where his season was all but ended.
Just 14 minutes into his fifth game and first start for his country, Fekir suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Portugal in September and isn’t expected to be back until March at the earliest, probably scuppering his chances of playing in Euro 2016 held in France in the summer.
It may also have scuppered his chance of earning a big transfer the same summer, but he hasn’t given up hope just yet.
“If I will still be with OL next season? We will see,” he said to L’Equipe, who say Arsenal and Manchester City are both interested in the talented attacking midfielder, who can also play up front.
“As I will not play much this season, normally I’d have to stay one more season in Lyon. Afterwards if the clubs are interested, we will have to see.”
With 13 goals and nine assists last season, his talent is beyond doubt. Whether or not he makes a full recovery from injury remains to be seen.
The Frenchman will turn 23 next summer and, should he prove his fitness before the season ends, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear him linked with a range of Europe’s top clubs. In that case, Arsenal are sure to be interested.