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 By PA Sport

Nabil Fekir signs new Lyon contract despite Arsenal, PSG links

Nabil Fekir has signed a new contract at Lyon.

Reported Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain target Nabil Fekir has committed his future to Ligue 1 club Lyon.

The 21-year-old striker, who scored 13 league goals for Les Gones while making five appearances for France last season, has signed a contract extension at the Stade de Gerland.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said in May that PSG were not rich enough to sign Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette.

"I can't imagine today that offers will be made that will make us let them go," Aulas said. "PSG are not rich enough to be able to make us an offer that will make us take a step back."

Reports in France had suggested Fekir could have been tempted by a move to a top Premier League team -- specifically Arsenal -- had Lyon not qualified for the Champions League, but a second-placed finish in 2014-15 helped persuade him to stay on.

Local boy Fekir, who made his senior debut for the Rhone-Alpes side in August 2013, told "It was an easy decision. This club has captured my heart.

"I want to help us improve. There was no hesitation as I wanted to continue my adventure here."

Club president Jean-Michel Aulas added: "He is one of the club's -- and France's -- brightest prospects.

"His progress has been massive and he has shown he can handle himself well. I feel that Nabil is happy where he is and it's always nice to see that in a highly talented player.

"We are convinced this is an investment in the future."

A statement published on Lyon's official website on Wednesday said goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and versatile player Corentin Tolisso had also agreed to remain with the club for five more seasons.

Tolisso, 20, was a near ever-present in the Lyon midfield last term.

He said: "I'm very happy to have extended my deal. It's a great reassurance for me and my family. We have the chance to prepare well now and get the new season off to a great start."

Portuguese keeper Lopes, a regular fixture between the sticks for the last two years, added: "My plan was always to extend my deal with OL.

"There were lots of rumours flying around but I never listened to them. The truth was quite different."


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