Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has expressed his desire to play under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Aouar, 20, who received praise from Guardiola when Man City played Lyon in the group stages of the Champions League has been linked with the domestic treble winners.
Guardiola once described the France U21 international midfielder as “incredible.”
And the young French prodigy racked up seven goals and eight assists in 37 Ligue 1 appearances this season and has also featured seven times in the Champions League.
When asked by Canal Plus if he would want to play for City, Aouar said via Sky: “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.
“Guardiola has seen everything before. It is extremely good to play his teams and that’s what I like, his way of seeing football.”
Houssem Aouar when asked if he’d like to play for City:
"Wouldn’t you like to play for Manchester City? They are a big European club… then there is Pep Guardiola who is the reference for me in terms of a manager. He sees everything before anyone else."
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With four years remaining on his current contract, Aouar is hoping for a bigger role in Lyon.
“I’m still under contract with Lyon, I would like to leave a mark on the history of this club,” he said.
“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.”