Lyon's Nabil Fekir favours Arsenal over Manchester City, says father

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Arsenal hold the greatest appeal to Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to his father, with a move to Manchester City ruled out.

Manchester City may be reigning Premier League champions and a side pushing hard to establish themselves within European football’s elite, but even a club with their riches cannot always get what they want.

Money is not everything, with it refreshing to find that players still value playing time over becoming lost in a world-class squad at a global heavyweight.

Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir is among those who believe minutes are of greater value to him at this stage of his career, with the highly-rated Frenchman still very much a star on the rise.

He has been impressing in Ligue 1 for his home-town club this season and drawing admiring glances from the Premier League ahead of another transfer window.

Arsenal and Manchester City are both reported to be keen and would welcome the opportunity to add the 21-year-old to their ranks.

There would, however, be only one winner, according to Fekir’s father, were offers to be received from Emirates and Etihad Stadium.

Mohamed Fekir told Le Parisien: "Nabil would like to finish first or second and play Champions League football with Lyon.

"If he leaves, it will be for Arsenal. It is the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsene Wenger. He will not go to Manchester City to sit on the bench."

Fekir has been showcasing his playmaking abilities in France of late, with 14 eye-catching outings made in 2014/15.

He has netted six times and provided a further three assists, helping to position Lyon inside the title-chasing pack.

They would be reluctant to lose him mid-season, but it may be that their resolve is tested both in January and at the end of the season as interest continues to mount in a player being tipped for big things.

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