Pepe not leaving Lille in January

Arsenal has been linked to an €80million swoop for Nicolas Pepe but the winger insists he will not be leaving Lille in January.

Lille forward Nicolas Pepe   -  Getty Images

Nicolas Pepe insists he has no intention of leaving Lille during the January transfer window.

Arsenal has been linked to an €80million swoop for the 23-year-old, who has scored 12 times and supplied five assists over the course of 19 games in the French top flight this season.

The Ivory Coast international is under contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy until June 2022 and, in and interview with La Voix du Nord, he reported himself to be happy with the current state of affairs.

"To end the season with LOSC, for me that's for sure," Pepe said.

"As the president [Michel Seydoux] said, I decided to finish the season in Lille and, at the end of it, nothing will be done.

"I am under contract until 2022. I have the idea to end this season in Lille and why not [secure] a European place? It would be beautiful."

Lille is second in Ligue 1 after playing 19 games – 13 points shy of runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain, which has played two fewer matches.

Lyon, Montpellier and Saint-Etienne are immediately below Lille and also have games in hand in a congested battle for the other Champions League qualification places.

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