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Fekir returns to training with OL

Publish on 07/08/2018 at 10:00


Crowned a World Champion with Les Bleus in July, in-demand France forward Nabil Fekir has returned from holidays and is back in training with his Olympique Lyonnais teammates.

Fresh from winning the World Cup with France, Olympique Lyonnais captain and playmaker Nabil Fekir resumed training with his club in an open session on Monday.

Genesio: 'Looking sharp'

The 25-year-old, who has been the object of intense transfer interest over the summer, participated in an individualised athletic preparation session while the rest of the squad did some fine-tuning ahead of their final pre-season friendly, a clash with Chelsea on Tuesday night that the forward will not take part in.

"He's looking very sharp. I felt that he was happy to come back and be with his team. We know there has been a lot of attention. But he is an Olympique Lyonnais player, so we will wait for the end of the transfer window [at midnight on 31 August]," declared OL boss Bruno Genesio, no doubt looking to quash speculation that the uber-talented playmaker was frustrated after a potential move to Liverpool had fallen through earlier in the summer. "The idea is to look to integrate him into the side as quickly as possible. For our Week 2 clash with Reims at the latest. For him to be in his best form, I think it will take a bit longer, but he should be in top gear after the international break in early September." 

Meanwhile the man in question told his club website that he has no problems at his boyhood club.

"As you can see, I am in Lyon. I feel very good here," he explained. "But the transfer window is still long and everything goes very fast in football. We do not know what will happen in the future but I feel very good at OL. I feel great in the squad; we have very good players and there is a good atmosphere. We get along very well and I hope that OL will have a great season."