Boubakary Soumare has said that he won’t be leaving Lille this month, amid links to Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 20-year-old is also attracting interest from clubs across Europe following a standout season in Ligue 1 thus far and also catching the eye in what was a disappointing Champions League campaign for Lille.
Reportedly valued by Lille at around €40million (£33.9million), Soumare has been one of the most talked about names in the January transfer window.
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His future in France appeared to have taken a twist last week as Sky Sports claimed that Chelsea and Man United were the front-runners for Soumare’s signature.
Furthermore, it was claimed that Soumare was to move to the Premier League this month and was between the two aforementioned clubs, thus handing Spurs and Jose Mourinho a huge blow.
There was some confusion surrounding that rumour as he was apparently tempted by United, but slightly leaning towards a move to Stamford Bridge.
However, Soumare has broken his silence on speculation regarding his future and it’s not good news for the Blues or the Red Devils.
With that said, he has hinted potential leaving should Lille qualify for the Champions League for a second successive season.
“It has not worried me. Reporting matters to the people who read it and the people who write it,” he told L’Equipe. “I do not see myself leaving. I feel good here. I am learning, we have big objectives to attain, like qualification for the Champions League.
“A departure is not on the cards.
“I feel good, my team-mates help me. It is not the time to leave. I do not want to leave with any regrets.
But when asked if he’s made his intentions clear to Lille, the midfielder’s response was rather telling: “Yes, of course,” he added.
“I have already had discussions with the…