Lille star Soufiane Boufal says that, despite having the club’s blessing to leave during the off-season, he is happy to have one more season with them.
The Morocco international may only have featured 22 times in Ligue 1 last season after suffering a torn meniscus, but that has not prevented him from grabbing the attention of several high-profile clubs including Barcelona and Manchester United.
Boufal insists, however, that he would happily consider spending another campaign at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and that recovering from his injury is his only priority.
“I’m not second-guessing myself right now,” the 22-year-old playmaker told L’Equipe. “I should be back in action in September and, at worst, I could miss a maximum of three matches, depending on which league I’m playing in.
“That’s not a huge deal. And anyway, I’m not worried because I would have no problem staying on with Lille. I’m not obsessed with leaving. I’m focusing on healing up and if I have to stay in Lille, I will do so with great pleasure.
“I’ve spoken to Frederic Antonetti and he really wouldn’t mind if were to stay on. And the feeling is mutual. He’s a coach who has helped me to progress, so continuing to work with him could be quite beneficial for me.
“Wherever I end up, I want to keep making progress. That means having game time. Other than that, I don’t have a preferred club or league to go to. It’s more about the project that’s in place and what the coach has to say.
“And I can’t rule out staying at Lille; in fact it’s the option I’m leaning towards right now. I could keep growing at Lille, and maybe even make my debut in European competition.”