Lyon boss thinks reported Arsenal targets should stay in France

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Lyon boss Hubert Fournier has hinted that it would be a huge risk for Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette to move away this summer.

If there is one thing that is guaranteed this summer, it is that speculation regarding Lyon duo Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette will not go away until either they move or the transfer window closes.

Arsenal have been linked with Fekir by the Daily Star, and in Wednesday’s edition of French paper Le Progres, Lyon coach Hubert Founier declared that his young charges should be advised to stay with the club.

Fournier suggested they should stay “a little longer” in Lyon. “If I was their agent, I would tell them to stay here a little longer. In the year of the Euros, it would be a risk.”

Both the young Lyon players played for France during the friendlies against Brazil and Denmark. Fekir made his full international debut in the Stade de France, he would feature again in the 2-0 win over the Danish side, with teammate Lacazette scoring in Saint-Etienne.

Fekir is only 21, enjoying his first full season in Ligue 1, scoring 11 times. Lacazette, two years older, has been the revelation of the season. His 23 goals, combined with Fekir’s creativity, have helped Lyon fight Paris Saint-Germain for this year’s title.

There are only eight games left in the Ligue 1 season, Lyon do have the easier run-in, but they will need both players in full capacity if they want to topple the mega-riche Parisians. With every goal that the duo create and score, the more speculation that follows them. However, Fournier is right, leaving this summer would be a huge risk, especially for two players on the fringes of the France squad.

Failure to play as many games, or struggle to make an impact - similar to Remy Cabella at Newcastle United - and you will lose your place. Nothing will stop teams like Arsenal showing interest and making bids, it is down to the people close to the players to give them the best advice. Hopefully, for the good of Lyon, they listen to Fournier’s advice.

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