Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has admitted he’d like to play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with Liverpool recently having notched seven goals and seven assists in Ligue 1 this season but has potentially scuppered that move with his latest comments.
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- Aouar started 35 Ligue 1 games for Lyon this season, as well as a further seven Champions League matches.
- The midfielder provided 10 assists across both competitions.
- His form as seen him heavily linked with Liverpool, who need a creative midfielder.
- But Man City have also been rumoured to have an interest.
- Aouar has admitted he would one day like to play for City under Guardiola.
Aouar caught Guardiola’s eye during their side’s Champions League group stage clashes earlier in the season, with the Catalan describing the France U21 international as “incredible”. And now, the midfielder has returned the compliments.
When asked by Canal Plus if he would want to play for City, Aouar said: “You wouldn’t like to go to City?
“It is a great European club and all players have this urge to play for the biggest European clubs, which in addition is led by Guardiola, who for me is a reference as a coach.
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“Guardiola has seen everything before. It is extremely good to play his teams and that’s what I like, his way of seeing football.”
Aouar: I’d like to make history with Lyon
Alongside Tanguy Ndombele, Nabil Fekir and Lucas Tousart, Aouar is one of a number of Lyon midfielders to have caught the eye in recent years.
However, despite his admission that he’d one day like to play for City, Aouar has insisted his immediate focus is making history with Lyon.
“I’m still under contract with Lyon, I would like to leave a mark on the history of this club,” he added.
“After this season there is a new direction, a new coach [Sylvinho]. We will have to sit down and discuss the role I can have. I’m ready to have a technical leadership role.”