Lyon President Aulas wants reform to 1st professional deal length

Speaking in a French government organised conference on the future of French football, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas discussed the need for reform of the length of the first professional contracts for players, which currently runs to a maximum of 3 years.

“Talks are ongoing for the first professional contract to be, not 3 years, but 5 or 6 years, and to make it so that clubs produce youth prospects with the certainty that they will not see them leave for free. A player who comes to the end of his youth contract in France has the possibility, even if he does not sign a professional contract, to leave for free to go abroad, there is therefore an obvious loss.”