Arsenal midfield target Houssem Aouar insists he will stay at Lyon until the end of the season and has ruled out the prospect of a transfer in the January transfer window.
The French star was one of Mikel Arteta’s top targets in the summer market but the Gunners were able to reach a full agreement with Lyon, who were holding out for a €60m (£55.5m) transfer sum.
Last week, the Gunners’ hopes of a potential deal in the upcoming market appeared to be boosted after Aouar was dropped from Les Gones’ squad over his alleged refusal to take part in a warm-down session after his club’s win over Angers.
But in an interview with RMC Sport, Houssem has said that he will be staying at the club ‘until next summer, at least’ and has denied reports that he is not happy at Lyon.
‘I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club. That is something that I do not understand,’ Aouar said.
‘I am very happy to be here, I took the decision to stay with the club that formed me, I savour every day I have here.
‘Everything that I want, is to put this club back in its rightful place with my team-mates.
‘I am very happy to be here, we have an enormous amount of ambitions for this season.’
Meantime, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among some of the side’s eyeing Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.
But RB Leipzig are also in the running for Szoboszlai which could trump the efforts of both north London outfits, reports Eurosport.
They though remain disappointed at missing out on striker Erling Haaland, who left Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund.
A repeat is not likely to happen however and Die Roten Bullen are heavy favourites to sign the star.