Jean-Michel Aulas admits Nabil Fekir’s struggles to find a suitable new club could open the door for Lyon to sign him on a new contract.
For over a year now, Fekir has been attempting to seal a move away from Lyon and came agonisingly close to joining Liverpool last summer. A failed medical, though, saw the Reds withdraw their interest at the last minute.
Now, Fekir enters the current transfer window in a bit of crisis as his Lyon contract will be finished next year. Therefore, he must either find a new club this summer or else consider signing an extension.
And it’s looking increasingly like it might be the latter after a reported move to Arsenal came to nothing. Liverpool, meanwhile, have no interest in reconsidering the French forward.
Although Le Parisien claimed that talks between La Liga side Real Betis and Lyon had begun for Fekir. Apparently, Los Verdiblancos view him as an ideal replacement for Tottenham target Giovani Lo Celso.
But Les Gones president Aulas remains hopeful that his captain will remain at the Groupama Stadium.
“Nabil has entered the final year of his contract so there may be a temptation for [interested] clubs to let the situation drag on,” Aulas told RMC Sport.
“We’re strong enough economically to wait.
“It would be very good news if he doesn’t find a club of a suitable size, since we would then enter negotiations [about a new contract].”
Fekir, who has spent his entire career at Lyon, has managed 69 goals and 46 assists in 193 appearances across all competitions.
At 25, though, the World Cup winner is keen to spend his peak days at an elite European club.
“With Nabil and the players who preceded him, I have always respected their deepest wish,” continued Aulas.
“He says that he wants to leave but maybe he will stay, and at that point, we will try to agree on an extension.
“Sometimes unfair things happen in football and sometimes the conditions for a transfer are not met.
“Nabil deserves a club to match his level and if he does not find it we will be very happy to try to extend his contract].”