Clinton N'Jie ends Arsenal speculation by signing Lyon contract

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Clinton N'Jie has ended any speculation over his future by agreeing a long-term contract with Olympique Lyon, the club have confirmed.

Lyon used their official Twitter account to announced the news. N'Jie is now contracted to the club until 2019, bringing a swift end to Arsenal's interest in the hot prospect.

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Next big thing

The 21-year-old had two-years remaining on his current contract, but a release clause of just £800,000 brought him to Arsenal's attention. N'Jie's reputation has grown substantially this month after he scored on his international debut for Cameroon in a 2-0 win against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He followed up that impressive debut with a brace against African juggernauts Ivory Coast, leaving him with three goals in just two caps.

With Samuel Eto'o departing the international scene, N'jie was naturally likened as a potential successor to the Everton striker. Such a comparison can only mean that N'Jie has the potential to reach the top.

New contract

N'Jie told Lyon's website: "I'm happy. Now we have to continue working. I want to score, to play and I hope we can qualify for Europe next season.

"I'm proud of myself. I want to also thank everyone who helped me get this far. This extension shows that the team has confidence in me."

This season

The youngster is yet to score for Lyon's first team after moving up from Lyon B in 2013, but has only made two starts in Ligue 1 thus far. He is considered one of the brightest prospects at the club, hence Arsenal's interest.

Having lost Bafetimbi Gomis to Swansea in the summer, Lyon are likely to afford the player much more first team football than ever before. That, possibly, is a main factor he decided to commit his future.

Arsenal interest

Arsene Wenger was rumoured to be keeping tabs on N'Jie and was considering a bid while his release clause remained at £800,000. The Arsenal boss has excellent knowledge of the French league and has had plenty of success poaching youngsters in the past.

Most recently, Yaya Sanogo moved to north London from Auxerre, although the young striker is yet to prove his worth for the Gunners. The 21-year-old has yet to score in a competitive fixture for Arsenal while the signing of Danny Welbeck pushed him further down the order. 

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