Rio Ferdinand delivers verdict on Chelsea and Arsenal target Houssem Aouar
Rio Ferdinand has offered a glowing endorsement of Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar and described the Lyon midfielder as ‘fabulous’.
Aouar has developed into a key player for Lyon, making 136 appearances for the French club and scoring nine goals this season.
The 22-year-old’s performances have caught the attention of a number of clubs and reports say Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal are both considering moves.
Speaking before Lyon suffered a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League, former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘He [Aouar] provides the creativity in this team.
‘A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself.
‘You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness. The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.
‘He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass.
‘He has it all. He reminds me of [former Arsenal and Manchester City star] Samir Nasri at times.
‘He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.’
Former Premier League star Owen Hargreaves added: ‘Rio is right. He’s their best player, their most gifted player.
‘To get nine goals and nine assists at 22… Everything he does is class. A lot of young players look like they’re rushing but he’s just calm and so good in possession.
‘He’s the heart of that midfield.’
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