Friday February 21 2020
Aulas wants Aouar to play for Juventus

President Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed contact between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus about Houssem Aouar, “I would like to see him at Juve”.

The midfielder has impressed after coming through the ranks at Lyon and Juventus has been looking at the 21-year-old as a possible reinforcement in the middle of the park.

Aouar started his Lyon career at 11 and his stride through the age groups with Les Gones has not gone unnoticed in Europe.

The Lyon patron Aulas has now confirmed that there have been discussions between the two parties and revealed that he has nothing against such a move for the France Under-21 star.

“I have never spoken to [Juventus President Andrea] Agnelli, but I know there’s been contact between our directors,” he told Tuttosport. “I would like to see Aouar at Juventus in the future and I also hope that it will be his ambition.

“Sooner or later, I will have to do a nice deal with my friend Agnelli.”

Ahead of their clash against the Old Lady, the President has revealed he tried to bring both Adrien Rabiot and Blaise Matuidi back to Ligue 1.

“Adrien has only shown 60 per cent of his potential. In the beginning, he didn’t play much and in fact, I asked Juventus to loan Rabiot for six months in January,” he added. “But just at that moment, he started playing and was getting better. Trust me; he is a great talent.

“I tried to get [Matuidi] last summer, without success. But I haven’t given up. We will talk about it in June. Matuidi would be perfect for us. He is a regular, tactical midfielder and a World Cup winner.”