The young Lyon attacking midfielder still has limited playing time with his club, which did not prevent him from being called up with the Espoirs.
Despite a low playing time for Lyon, Rayan Cherki was called for the very first time by Sylvain Ripoll with the Espoirs for the next two qualifying matches for Euro U21, against Ukraine and in Serbia.
“We know that in a club I don’t have a lot of playing time but that’s okay. I’m young, I work every day to pretend to play more and more. When I saw that the coach had selected me, I told myself that it was the culmination of a lot of work since the start of the season “, savored the young man on Wednesday at a press conference.
“The France team is also made for that, to come and have fun and go back to the club even fresher. I hope that will be the case. This season is very important for me, I can do great things and I hope to be able to do them in club. “
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A club which is today widely represented among young people, including by players who have left to stand on their own two feet. “It made me very happy to see Amine (Gouiri), Melvin (Bard) again, even though I am in continuous contact with them, rejoiced Cherki. There are a lot of Lyonnais in this selection, it’s a strength because we all know each other well and I hope we will have the chance to evolve together to show that the Lyon team is still there! “
The young talent, eagerly awaited for several years, also mentioned these expectations: “In view of what I did when I was in the center, it is normal that I am expected a little more than the others. Afterwards, it is also important to know how to put things into perspective, to don’t always think that everything must go very quickly. Knowing how to take your time is important, you have to know how to manage “, he estimated.
Finally, the 17-year-old young man confided in his discussions with Kylian Mbappé, who admitted to following several great talents including the young Rhone.
“It made me happy, I have the chance to speak with him quite often, we discuss everything and nothing and he gives me a lot of advice before the matches, he confessed. I try to take whatever there is to take from the bigger ones. He also spoke about Amine (Gouiri) and we hope to be able to play alongside him one day to have as much pleasure as possible. “