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Nabil Fekir signs new five-year contract with Lyon

Nabil Fekir
Image: Nabil Fekir: Has extended his contract at Lyon until 2020

Lyon striker Nabil Fekir - who was a reported target for Arsenal - has signed a new five-year deal with the club.

The 21-year-old scored 13 league goals last season, and has been rewarded for his exploits at the Stade de Gerland with a year's extension on his current deal.

Reports in France had suggested Fekir could have been tempted by a move to Arsenal had Lyon not qualified for the Champions League.

But a second-placed finish in 2014/15 helped persuade him to press on with Lyon.

"It was an easy decision - this club has captured my heart," he told

"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.

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"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."

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Image: Corentin Tolisso (R) has also signed a new deal with Lyon

A statement published on Lyon's official website on Wednesday revealed 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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