Nabil Fekir refuses to rule out summer exit

Lyon captain Nabil Fekir has refused to rule out a summer exit amid the ongoing speculation regarding his future. The France international was heavily tipped to join Liverpool before the World Cup but the deal was scuppered at the final hurdle after the Reds had concerns regarding his injury record.

Since then, Chelsea have joined the race for his signature and Fekir has now admitted that he could part ways with Lyon during the summer, he said: “As you can see, I am in Lyon. I am very happy here, but the transfer window is still long and everything goes very quickly in football. We don’t know what will happen in the future but I am very happy at Lyon. I feel brilliant in this squad. We have very good players, a great atmosphere.”

Fekir was picked by Didier Deschamps for the summer World Cup in Russia and although, he did not play an extensive role, he managed to become a world champion after Les Bleus beat Croatia in the final. The 25-year-old has since been through an extended vacation and he now appears keen on sorting out his future before the transfer deadline.

At present, Chelsea have yet to make an approach for the World Cup winner but they may need to act at the earliest possibility, considering the Premier League transfer window is scheduled to close on Thursday. The Blues have had a rather slow transfer window where Jorginho has been their only major signing but things could change in the coming days with some frantic activity expected at the club.

Aside from possible incomings, the Blues are likely to have to deal with the future of Thibaut Courtois, who appears to have made his mind up to join Real Madrid. Stoke City’s Jack Butland has been earmarked as a possible replacement and the Belgian’s departure may depend on whether the Blues manage to recruit the Potters shot-stopper.