Lille winger Nicolas Pepe has stated that he is staying in France for the rest of the season following discussions with his agents and the Ligue One side.
“I talked a lot with my advisers. I spoke with Luis Campos who brought me to Lille. Also with my family that counts a lot for me, and also with the coach who trusts me. It was important to talk to him. I decided to continue this season at Lille to accomplish a big mission.”
The last club reportedly had a £30m bid accepted by Lille for Pepe in the summer, but the player turned down the move. Asked about whether there was any truth to that claim, Pepe said:
“It is sure that Lyon is a very big club in France. These are things that do not refuse. You know me, I have a career plan. With all the respect I have for OL it’s not something I wanted to go for right away.”
The 23-year-old has been in stunning form in Ligue One this season, having scored five goals and provided five assists in just eight appearances.