Olympique Lyonnais are considering offering 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 a sale with just one year left on his current contract, but no suitable offers were presented.
Benfica and Nottingham Forest made offers but failed to convince the player and the club of a transfer.
OGC Nice, Real Betis, Fulham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace made moves for Aouar but nothing concrete materialized.
However, despite being pressured for a move this summer, Aouar has maintained his professionalism. He trained well with the club, prompting them to offer him a new contract.
The 24-year-old has been left out of the first-team picture this season but could feature in Peter Bosz’s squad.
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 during the club’s disappointing defeat against AS Monaco.
Aouar now hopes to be fully reinstated in the Lyon workforce. However, it’s unclear whether 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 rebound.
Yesterday’s defeat 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 center of defense even though he is a midfielder. The Brazilian struggled in this new position.
Then they travel to the capital to face Paris Saint-Germain.