Real Madrid Manchester United were also interested
Real Madrid had an interest in signing Rayan Cherki, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed.
The 16-year-old, who has a contract until 2022, made 12 appearances for Lyon this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists.
“It’s clear that he’s going to be a player who’s going to make it to the top,” Aulas said of Cherki on Telefoot.
“That’s why we made a big effort to get him to sign with us.
“The two players interested when the player signed his contract were Real Madrid and Manchester United.
“We want him to triumph with us, we want to help him, and we want him to grow in a progressive way.
“Our aim is to have a leader in the attack for the next few years, if not a leader from our youth system.”
While Aulas has made clear that he does not want to sell Cherki just yet, Lyon have eventually allowed their homegrown talents to depart, as seen with Karim Benzema, Hatem Ben Arfa, Alexandre Lacazette, Nabil Fekir and more.