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Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben comparison flatters Lyon's Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir scored 13 Ligue 1 goals last season.

Lyon and France attacker Nabil Fekir says it is flattering to be compared to players like Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben.

Fekir, 22, was voted Ligue 1's Young Player of the Year last season after an outstanding first full campaign that saw him chalk up 13 goals and nine assists.

His form led former France international Bernard Lacombe, advisor to Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas, to compare him to Barcelona and Bayern Munich stars Messi and Robben.

Fekir did a good impression of both players last...

Anthony Martial faces new challenge at Man United - Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps and Pierre Mankowski believe former Monaco forward Anthony Martial will succeed with his new club Manchester United.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Louis van Gaal and Manchester United's decision to spend big money on an unproven, 19-year old player from Monaco, Anthony Martial.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes talks about Anthony Martial's move from Monaco to Manchester United.

Anthony Martial is "changing galaxy" by leaving Monaco for Manchester United in a deal reported to be worth €80 million, according to France manager Didier Deschamps.

Martial, 19, was given permission to leave French headquarters at Clairefontaine on Monday so that he could finalise a move to Old Trafford.

The attacker has yet to be capped at senior level by France but he is set to become the most expensive French player in history despite playing just 52 matches in Ligue 1.

Martial only joined...

Can Man United's Anthony Martial live up to £36 million price tag?

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes talks about Anthony Martial's move from Monaco to Manchester United.

Manchester United are soon expected to complete the signing of Monaco forward Anthony Martial, after the French Football Federation confirmed on Monday morning that they had granted him permission to travel to England to sign a contract with the Premier League club in a deal reported to be worth £36 million.

Martial grew up in the southern Paris suburb of Massy and began his football education at local club CO Les Ulis. At 14, he was signed up by Olympique Lyonnais, where his prolific scoring...

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Dimitri Payet and Mamadou Sakho omitted from France squad

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson presents the top fantasy players from week 2 of the Premier League, where West Ham's Dimitri Payet secured top spot.
ESPNFC's Janusz Michallik provides the lowdown on West Ham's recruitment of France international midfielder Dimitri Payet from Marseille.
ESPN FC's Ross Dyer reacts to the news that PSG and Marseille are boycotting interviews with French TV channel Canal Plus.

Premier League pair Dimitri Payet and Mamadou Sakho have been left out of a France squad which features a first call-up for Monaco's Anthony Martial.

Martial is the one new face in coach Didier Deschamps' 23-man group for friendlies against Portugal in Lisbon on Sept. 4 and Serbia at Bordeaux's new stadium three days later.

He effectively takes the place of Payet, with Deschamps unimpressed by the former Marseille winger's showings since moving to West Ham this summer.

"I expect better, I expect...