Ligue 1: Aulas wants to be able to lock the contracts of young players trained in France

Visiting the National Assembly on Tuesday, to address the state of French football, Jean-Michel Aulas notably made a proposal in favor of training. Faced with the flight of young talents, the president of OL would like enhanced protection.

A few days before the resumption of Ligue 1, which will take place on the weekend of August 8, Jean-Michel Aulas was passing through the National Assembly on Tuesday to discuss the state of football in France. The president of OL had the opportunity in particular to launch ideas for the future and defend French football.

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If he returned to the current crisis, caused in part by the Mediapro fiasco and the health context, Jean-Michel Aulas raised a problem concerning young players. “In terms of law, the first professional contract should be, not for 3 years, but for 5 or 6 years, he asked. And ensure that the clubs that train have the certainty that they (the players) do not go elsewhere. Because a player who arrives at the end of his training contract in France, if he does not sign his first professional contract, can go abroad for free. This is not the case in France because there is an agreement with the French clubs but he can go abroad. There is an obvious loss. “

Aulas supporter of a Ligue 1 with 16 clubs

In a document published on Monday by the French Football Federation, OL received a four-star rating for its training center, just like PSG, AS Monaco, Stade Rennais or Toulouse FC. Either the best students of French football. But in recent years, many young talents have left the French championship even before being able to shine there. This Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund announced for example the recruitment of young (16 years) midfielder Abdoulaye Kamara, trained at PSG but who therefore signed his first pro contract in Germany. Soumaïla Coulibaly (17), also trained at PSG, had done the same in early July, for the same destination.

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In addition to this problem related to training, Jean-Michel Aulas also defended the project of a reduced first division. From the 2023-2024 season, the LFP will adopt an 18-club system for L1. “For investors to come to French football, I think we must reduce uncertainty, said Aulas. The fewer clubs that go down, the more investors will be protected. I am even leaving for 16-a-side championships. teams. “

However, if he wants to “reinvent the model of football”, Jean-Michel Aulas believes that “the model that seems the most relevant is the one with 48 clubs spread over three levels.” “The environment must be competitive, the French investor must have the capacity to conduct a policy close to the territories, defended Aulas. Football must be mature, that we consider sport as a passion but that ‘this is a business first and foremost. “

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