The 66-year-old hopes the team will still be competing in Europe’s premier club competition when Fekir returns in the New Year, although the seven times champions of France face a tough test in a group that also contains Gent, Valencia and Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Fekir had extended that form into the new Ligue 1 season with four goals in as many matches for Lyon but reports claim he could now be out for at least six months.
Arsenal and Liverpool have received a major blow in their pursuit of Nabil Fekir as the Lyon attacker has revealed his dream is to join Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
The fact that Martial, who has been likened to Thierry Henry, can play as a striker and across the attacking midfield gives Louis van Gaal options now with Wayne Rooney suffering from a poor start to the season. “We will show ourselves to be worthy of him by being even stronger”.
“Playing for Manchester United one day?”
“I am not there yet”.
This admission comes shortly after Fekir had confirmed last month that he wants to work hard to replicate his form of last season with the aim of securing a move overseas.
If Fekir does go on to miss the 2016 tournament, his next chance of competitive football with France would be on 5th September 2016, by which time someone may have overtaken him in the France national team pecking order, and a switch to Algeria may be on the cards.
“There is also the Champions League”.
The president took to social media site Twitter to write: “My thought are with Nabil“.