Ligue 1: Lyon sign starlet Maxwell Cornet from Metz on long-term deal
Last Updated: 16/01/15 4:07pm
French league leaders Lyon have signed teenage hot property Maxwel Cornet from Metz.
The 18-year-old moves with immediate effect to the Ligue 1 front-runners and has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, Metz announced on their website.
Cornet has been out of favour with Metz this season, having told club officials in the summer he would not be renewing his contract that was due to expire at the end of the campaign.
He played 16 matches in last season's Ligue 2 promotion campaign and has been a staple of France age-group national teams up to Under-19 level.
Cornet, born in Ivory Coast, joined Metz as a seven-year-old and signed professional terms aged 16.
The north-east club stated on Friday: "Developed at the club from his very young age, Maxwel Cornet is leaving FC Metz. The young attacker of 18 years old has signed with Lyon for four and a half years."