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Wonderkid Cherki signs OL extension

Publish on 07/07/2020 at 11:32 - D. CROSSAN

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16-year-old prodigy Rayan Cherki has signed a contract extension with Olympique Lyonnais, tying the forward to the club until 2023.

Cherki became the youngest goalscorer in club history when he netted against Bourg-Péronnas in the Coupe de France on January 4 2020. He has been at OL since the Under-8s and signed his first professional deal in 2019.

Securing the long-term future of the exciting dribbler with an eye for goal is a major coup for OL ahead of the Coupe de la Ligue final against Paris Saint-Germain on July 31 and the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Juventus in early August.

Cherki: "I want to make my mark in the history of the club"

Cherki told OL's website: "It gives me great pleasure to extend my adventure with the club where I have been trained. Today, I am linked to Olympique Lyonnais for an additional season and I am very happy. I have always had the dream of playing at Groupama Stadium. Everything is going perfectly well with the first team. I feel better and better. I hope we're going to win this match against Paris and do the same against Juventus. I want to become a regular starter and make my mark in the history of the club."

Aulas: "It's a source of pride"

Club president Jean-Michel Aulas added: "It's a source of pride because Rayan is the symbol of this leading Academy in France and Europe. He has developed in a family environment where there is a lot of ambition and dynamism. I have a lot of affection for this player and his family. The negotiations were difficult but fair and equitable. He is part of this generation that we are trying to integrate into high-level football."