Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir’s father has again declared that reported chasers Manchester City are not the right club for his son, Foot Mercato has reported.
Fekir, 21, has been in excellent form in his first full season with his hometown club, netting nine goals in 22 Ligue 1 games from midfield, while also adding seven assists.
His impressive performances have attracted interested from the Premier League champions and Arsenal, per the likes of ESPN FC, but father Mohamed Fekir declared in December that a move to the former was out of the question.
"Nabil would like to finish first or second [in Ligue 1] and play Champions League football with Lyon," he told Le Parisien, as ESPN FC reported. "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."
Now Fekir senior has been forced to reiterate for a second time that his son won’t be moving to the Etihad Stadium, and has accused his now-former agents of going against their wishes in attempting to pursue a deal.
“They pushed for him to sign for City. But I told them if he goes to City and finds himself on the bench, it doesn't interest me, and the kid is not interested either,” he said.
"He loves to play, he does not like to be replaced. And they pushed to sign him for City, that's why he preferred to stop with them."
The comments are the second time Fekir’s future has been discussed in the past week, with the France Under-21 international himself also cited in Foot Mercato as telling newspaper L’Equipe that he won’t be moving to Arsenal if he is forced to sit on the bench.
“Arsenal’s bench? No thank you! We will see,” he is reported to have said. “I don’t want to leave too early and to end up on the bench.
“I am a fighter and I like to play, I am not happy when I do not play. It is only my first season at the top level - at Arsenal, with the big players that they have, it would be difficult to play in their team, perhaps. But you never know.”
With Arsenal’s plethora of attacking options, it’s doubtful Fekir would get his wish of regular first-team football should he move to the Emirates Stadium in the near future, although, given the potential he has showcased in recent months, there is good reason to believe that he can develop into a Premier League star in due time.