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Lyon set to offer Houssem Aouar a new contract

Houssem Aouar appearing for Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais are planning to offer midfielder Houssem Aouar a new two-year contract, according to Santi Aouna.

Aouar was close to leaving the club during the recent transfer window. Lyon were also open to selling with only a year left on his current deal, but no suitable offer came through.

Benfica and Nottingham Forest made offers but did not do enough to convince the player and the club about a transfer.

OGC Nice, Real Betis, Fulham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace made moves for Aouar, but nothing concrete materialised.

However, despite pushing for a move this summer, Aouar has maintained his professionalism. He has trained well with the club, prompting them to offer him a new contract.

The 24-year-old has been frozen out of the first-team picture this season, but he could become a part of Peter Bosz’s side.

Aouar has only made two appearances for Lyon this season. The first came on the opening day of the Ligue 1 campaign against Ajaccio.

The second came this weekend in the club’s disappointing loss to AS Monaco.

Aouar will now hope to be reintegrated fully into the Lyon squad. However, it is unclear if he will sign the new contract Lyon are offering.

The news comes days after the loss to Monaco put Bosz under fire. The Dutch manager has now lost two games on the bounce.

Yesterday’s loss was painful as they conceded from two set-pieces, something Lyon have struggled with since Bosz took over.

The manager also faces questions for continuously playing Thiago Mendes in the centre of defence even though he is a midfielder. The Brazilian has struggled in that new position.

Up next, they travel to the capital to face table-toppers Paris Saint-Germain.

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