Maxwel Cornet happy at Lyon despite limited playing time

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Shaun Botterill
Despite his heroics in the Champions League, the 22-year-old is yet to start a league match for Bruno Genesio's men this season

Maxwel Cornet has revealed that he is happy at Lyon despite being limited to a substitute roles since the start of the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season.

The former Metz winger has struggled for regular playing time this campaign, coming off the bench in all of his eight league appearances with a goal to his name.

However, he has proved his quality in the Uefa Champions League with three goals in as many games including his brace in Tuesday’s draw against Manchester City.

After expressing frustration with his situation at the club, Lyon have reportedly offered the Cote d’Ivoire international fresh and improved terms to ward off interests from English Premier League clubs.

And Cornet, after meeting with the club’s directors, disclosed that his primary target is to feature in Bruno Genesio's team regularly.

"There is no point in getting carried away when everything is going well. I had lots of negative messages before City and I didn't pay attention to them either,” Cornet was quoted as saying by Ligue 1 website.

“I just wanted to turn things around. I know what I am capable of. I was in the same mindset before the first game against City. Now I hope to build on it.

"I am happy at Lyon. It's a big club. I have met the directors and we will see how things evolve.

"The most important thing is to play. I need to show on a daily basis that the coach can have confidence in me."

The forward earned Pep Guardiola’s praise after scoring three goals in two games against Manchester City this season – a feat last achieved by Lionel Messi in the 2016-17 season.

Although flattered by Guardiola's comments, the 22-year-old aims to produce such outstanding feats every weekend for Lyon who are second behind PSG in the Ligue 1 table. 

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"The words of one of the best coaches in the world are very flattering but I can't stop here,” he added.

“I am trying not to pay too much attention to the positive remarks. I need to work hard to reproduce performances like that every weekend.”

Cornet and his teammates will hope to end Lille's unbeaten home run in the league this season when they visit Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday.

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