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Houssem Aouar explains his exclusion vs Reims: “I didn’t want to warm down because of the pitch.”

Speaking to RMC Sport, 22-year-old Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar explained his side of events as to why he was excluded from the squad that beat Reims 3-0 on Sunday.

“I do not usually speak during these sorts of situations. I preferred not to react before the match, because it was a very important match in the race for the podium, and we won, which is good. Honestly, there is nothing serious, it was a bit over done… What you need to know, is that against Angers, I did not come on (as a substitute) owing to the quality of the pitch (he had suffered an adductor injury), which is what the coach told me, and I refused to participate [in the warm down] for the same reason: the quality of the pitch. The following day, although there was a day off for the team, I came to training to do a session with the coach and the fitness coach, on a pitch more appropriate for my adductors, because it is an injury that I have been dealing with for a month and a half.”

“I respect the decision made by my Sporting Director (Juninho), he was a truly great player, I know what he has done. There is no real story to this… Honestly, I experienced the situation well because there is nothing to it. We should move on to something else, we are doing well at the moment, so we need to look forward and stop talking about this. Me, I am nothing compared to the squad.”

On his relationship with Juninho:

It is very good. He is a club legend, you can always learn from people like him. He knows our home by heart, he knows what needs to be done. I would like to learn even more from him, that he comes and gives me advice for the future. Aside from that, there is a lot of work, he did not really have time during the transfer window, but I am very happy to work with him.

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