Lyon lock down home-grown star Aouar
Olympique Lyonnais have announced that club youth academy graduate Houssem Aouar has extended his deal by three years, making him a key part of the club's plans from here to 2023.
Olympique Lyonnais have sent a strong signal that Houssem Aouar will be a key part of the club's plans in years to come after signing the 20-year-old rising star to a three-year contract extension that links him to the club - whose youth academy he graduated from - until 2023.
OL have a strong tradition of nurturing young talent - France internationals Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso both made record moves to England and Germany respectively last summer, while current captain Nabil Fekir is the subject of intense interest around Europe's big leagues - and it seems that precocious attacking midfield talent Aouar is set to follow in their footsteps.
Aouar's technical brilliance and mental strength impressed in the 2017-18 campaign, the youngster scoring seven goals and providing five assists in 43 appearances in all competitions, and his integration into the senior team set the scene for him to become a key figure at the Groupama Stadium over the seasons to come.