Houssem Aouar has ruled out a move away from Lyon before the end of season amid reported interest from Premier League side Arsenal.
The Frenchman has been a long-rumoured target for Arsenal after he caught the eye of clubs around Europe with his performances in the Champions League last season.
Aouar played a pivotal role as Lyon reached the semi-finals with the Frenchman providing nine goals and ten assists in all competitions.
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However, Aouar now claims that he won’t be going to Arsenal or anywhere else for that matter after being impressed by Lyon’s “ambitions”.
Aouar told RMC Sport: “I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club. That is something that I do not understand. I am very happy to be here, I took the decision to stay with the club that formed me, I savour every day I have here.
“Everything that I want, is to put this club back in its rightful place with my team-mates. I am very happy to be here, we have an enormous amount of ambitions for this season.”
The 22-year-old failed to join his Lyon team-mates for the post-match warm down following their recent match against Angers, in which Aouar was left on the bench,
But Aouar says it was all just “a misunderstanding”. He explained: “There is nothing serious. It started with a misunderstanding. What you need to know is that against Angers I did not play because of the quality of the pitch.
“The coach told me that I had to avoid playing on it because of my adductor injury. I refused to do the warm-down after the game for the same reasons.
“The next day was a rest day but I came back to the club with the coach and the physical trainer to catch up with this session on a better surface.
“It’s an injury that I’ve been carrying for over a month and a half, so I wanted to be careful. Honestly, there is no problem, I respect Juninho’s decision. He’s a club legend, he knows what he’s doing.”
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