Lyon president Vincent Ponsot has confirmed that Nottingham Forest target Houssem Aouar didn’t find the right club this summer.
The Reds were reportedly close to signing the Frenchman before getting a breakthrough in the quest to sign Morgan Gibbs-White.
Forest were close to signing the player who has come through the youth academy with the Ligue 1 side.
The president, however, doesn’t believe he was fussed about leaving and thinks the player is happy in France.
He told L’Equipe: “He did not find the right club. Once it was on his side, another on ours but we worked on good terms with him.”
Aouar was in decent form last season, scoring eight goals and claiming four assists from 45 appearances.
The 24-year-old has captained the side and the stock couldn’t be higher among the club’s supporters.
Forest had hoped to bolster their ranks by signing the player for a fee which was thought to be around £15 million.
Aouar has made over 216 appearances for the club he calls his own and now he must decide what the future holds.
Interest will be high in the player come January and he will be out of contract during the summer of 2023.
Aouar didn’t get right club
Forest would have welcomed Aouar into their squad as he’d have been a remarkable signing for the Premier League.
The youngster has been a loyal servant to Lyon and he doesn’t have any qualms about staying.
A new contract could be on the cards too if only to preserve his valuation for a year or two.
Aouar might still fancy a move to Forest with the club likely offering a handsome wage. The player did actually agree on personal terms in the summer.
Forest will need to improve on the pitch first if they harbour any ambitions to attract such players when the transfer window reopens.