Rayan Cherki signs first professional contract with OL
After the arrivals of Thiago Mendes, Jean Lucas and the signings of Titouan Thomas, Sofiane Augarreau, Theo Ndicka Matam and Paul Devarewaerre, OL continues to prepare for the future. Courted by some of Europe's biggest clubs, Rayan Cherki has put pen to paper and signed his first professional contract with Lyon.
The 15-year-old attacker joined our Academy in 2010 from Saint-Priest at the age of seven, quickly becoming one of the club's top prospects thanks to his overall football skills, his sense of dribbling and goal-scoring capacities. This quality allowed the young Lyon native to move into another dimension during the 2018-19 season.
Derby and playoffs with the U17s, Coupe Gambardella and the UEFA Youth League with the U19s, National 2 with the reserves... despite barely being a teenager, Rayan Cherki participated in all fronts with Les Gones last campaign. His overall performances in all these competitions - he became the youngest-ever player to take part in a Youth League match - earned him a spot on the first team training roster as well.
By signing his first professional contract, Rayan Cherki's history with OL is now just beginning to unfold.
Rayan Cherki reacts to his new deal
I am very happy to sign my first professional contract at my academy club. It's the culmination of many years of work. Now the hard part begins. It will take a lot of work to progress. The arrival of Juninho also tipped the scales. I watched videos of his free kicks when I was little and today I will be able to rub elbows with him.