Burnley sign Maxwel Cornet from Lyon on five-year deal

Maxwel Cornet, who can play on either wing or left-back, will join up with the squad following the international break.

Cornet scored 51 goals in a seven-year stay with Lyon. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Arnab Mukherji | Aug 29, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Burnley have completed the transfer of Ivory Coast international Maxwel Cornet from Olympique Lyonnais. Cornet joins the Clarets from the Ligue 1 club on a five-year deal following completion of a medical. The versatile 24-year-old can operate in several attacking and defensive roles on either flank. Cornet will link up with Sean Dyche’s squad following the international break. The footballer joins after a successful seven-year spell with Lyon, in which he scored 51 goals.

One of the largest transfer deals in Burnley’s history, the signing of Cornet continues a productive transfer window for the Clarets following the arrival of Nathan Collins, Wayne Hennessey and Aaron Lennon.

“Excited to be joining Burnley”

“I am excited to be joining Burnley in the Premier League and to play with and against many of the greatest players in the world. Have developed the greatest respect for Burnley and what the club has done. I welcome the challenge of hard work and am fully committed to doing what I can to contribute. Look forward to what we can achieve,” stated the footballer, after the deal was officially announced.

Cornet will become the Clarets’ first Ivory Coast international. He will be looking to help Burnley in every way possible, as they compete in a sixth successive Premier League season following the upcoming international break.

“On behalf of everyone at Burnley Football Club, I’d like to wish Maxwel a warm welcome to the Clarets’ family. We’re delighted to have secured such a talented player with Champions League pedigree and we look forward to him joining up with Sean and the team,” said Alan Pace, Chairman of Burnley FC.

“The wide position was identified as in need of strengthening and we saw Maxwel as the ideal player to fulfil this with talent, versatility, and pace. It’s been great to have the fans back at Turf Moor and I expect a brilliant reception for Maxwel when he is available for selection following the international break,” he added.

Cornet a vital performer for Lyon

Born in Bregbo in the Ivory Coast, Cornet represented France in youth football up to Under-21 level. This was followed by the footballer committing his international career to his home country, being capped 21 times at senior level with four goals. Starting out at Metz, Cornet emerged as one of the top talents in France’s second tier. The footballer further helped the team to the Ligue 2 title in 2014, before being snapped up by Lyon while still a teenager.

Cornet established himself as a mainstay of the team, going on to make 250 appearances and helping Lyon to a runners-up finish in Ligue 1 in his first full season. During his time at the Groupama Stadium, Cornet also helped Lyon secure a further four top-four finishes and regular entry into the UEFA Champions League.

In August last year, Cornet scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory that knocked Manchester City out of the quarter-finals in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. In his final season at Lyon, the footballer helped them finish in fourth place in the French top division. Cornet further helped them secure UEFA Europa League qualification – missing just two games.

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