Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has disclosed why he decided to stay at his French Ligue 1 team amidst the transfer rumours of a move to Premier League giants Arsenal.
The Gunners made several offers to sign him during this summer’s transfer window but Lyon were adamant that the player won’t leave the club unless their €60m (£55m) valuation was met.
In a chat with reporters via the Daily Mail, Houssem Aouar talked about his decision to continue his football career at Lyon.
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He spoke to journalists shortly after making his international debut during the 7-0 thrashing of Ukraine in a friendly match.
According to him, he believed that he had a better chance of having a good season by staying at Lyon rather than move to a new club.
With the 2020 European Championships billed for next summer, Houssem Aouar is keen to be part of the French squad to the tournament.
Aouar believes he can play his part in getting Lyon back to the top of French football after missing out on Champions League football at the end of the last campaign.
Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.
The French giants have struggled since the start of this season and are in the bottom half of the league table.