Lyon wonderkid Houssem Aouar has heard the rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool - and admits they are 'nice to hear'.

But the 19-year-old insists his development can continue at his current club.

Aouar has taken Ligue 1 by storm this season, putting in a number of excellent performances in midfield and establishing himself in the France U21s squad.

Both the Reds and Barcelona have subsequently been credited with an interest in the youngster, with further suggestions he had been on Liverpool's radar before he opted to sign professional terms with boyhood club Lyon.

The recent rumours were put to Aouar by France Football, with the playmaker honest in his appraisal.

“I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!" he said.

“I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there's nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.

“I’m well protected with my family. It’s nice to hear, but I’m not getting carried away. My feet are firmly on the ground. I’ve only got a good half-season behind me, and I have everything to develop at Lyon.”

Aouar, whose contract expires in 2020, only made his senior debut for Lyon in February 2017, with a debut year to remember for the prodigy.

His performances have also seen him linked with a move to Camp Nou, with the player a little more forthcoming with that interest.

When asked if he would want to play for Barcelona one day, he replied: "Of course, but that applies to every great club!

“It’s normal to be ambitious at 19.”

Source: Liverpool Echo

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