Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar insists he is happy with his decision to remain in France
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Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar insists he is happy with his decision to remain in France

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has revealed the reason behind remaining in France after he had been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.

Aouar has been at the top of his game in Ligue 1 and it comes as no surprise that he emerged as a potential transfer target for several top clubs.

The Athletic reported on their side what eventually went wrong for the Gunners while the France international expressed his desire to continue his journey with Lyon.

“This is my town, my club. So it is with immense pride that I play for this club and above all I have a lot of motivation to have a great season with my team,” Aouar told TF1 via Get French Football News.

The 22-year-old was asked how he felt about making the tough decision of staying with his current club and missing out on a Premier League move.

“No, not necessarily. But it is true that at the end it was basically that. So, ultimately I had to make a decision and I am happy to stay here.

“I spoke an enormous amount with Juni (Juninho), every day he shows his faith in me. It is a real pleasure for me to work with him and stay here for at least another season with Juni is a major source of pride.”

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