It’s the end of a soap opera that will have occupied the Lyon summer well: Rayan Cherki signed this Thursday, at the club’s headquarters, his contract extension with OL. The information should be made official this Friday. The young striker (19) had entered his last year of contract since June 30, which raised fears of a transfer before August 31 if the parties did not reach an agreement, in a context which was initially quite badly started. .
But by dint of discussions, and especially thanks to the fierce will of President Jean-Michel Aulas to keep one of the symbols of the formation, the two camps have become irremediably closer. Cherki was desperate to succeed at his hometown club and optimism returned to that case three weeks ago with a deal almost done, as revealed The Team July 31. The future of the player was going to register in Lyon.
The financial aspect quickly settled
If the financial aspect was quickly settled, it was the duration of the contract that stumbled during the final negotiations. OL wanted to extend Cherki for three years (until 2026) and were confident in this outcome, but the player’s entourage asked for only one year and remained firm on this position.
An agreement was finally reached by cutting the pear in half: Cherki extended for two years, but the automatic second year is linked to a number of appearances this season. OL should therefore only officially communicate, this Friday evening, a contract until 2024 for their striker. It will therefore remain for the latter to impose himself in the team of Peter Bosz to increase his playing time, his main challenge this season.