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.
“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.”