Lille president Gerard Lopez has debunked exit rumours linking star player Nicolas Pepe with a move away from the club in the January transfer window.
The in-form Pepe has been heavily linked with a transfer out of French Ligue 1 giants Lille in the past few months.
Gerard Lopez spoke about Nicolas Pepe at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon as he confirmed that the Ivorian international attacker will stay at Lille until the end of the season.
Earlier reports had claimed that Lille have slapped a whopping €80m transfer fee on the 23-year-old.
The latest development on the Ivorian attacker will be a big blow to North London giants Arsenal.
The Gunners are said to be keen on a move for him with the player top on the list of the North Londoners’ transfer targets.
Nicolas Pepe is a utility forward that can play on both wings (left wing and right wing) as well as the central forward position.
He has been in devastating form for his Lille side this season after netting 13 goals in the league this season.
Nicolas Pepe has been one of the standout stars of this French Ligue 1 season and his performances have propelled Lille to the top two on the league table.