African ace identifies Liverpool transfer preference

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Aurelien Chedjou claims to have received no further contact from Liverpool, but admits Juventus have expressed an interest in signing him according to

The 26-year-old Lille defender had been on the radar of a number of clubs across Europe after a series of impressive performances in Ligue 1 last year.

Chedjou was believed to be a summer target for Reds boss Kenny Dalglish in a busy transfer window that saw Liverpool bring no less than seven players to Anfield ahead of the 2011-12 campaign.

Amid increased speculation surrounding his future, the Cameroon international penned a new deal with the French club, signing an extension that runs until 2015, but with a clause that allows him to discuss a move next summer.


"When I signed the extension did I reach an agreement to be able to leave next summer? Yes, we have such an agreement," Chedjou told L'Equipe.

"But I am not thinking I will play this season and then leave. I will try to play as well as possible and if there are offers, we will sit down and discuss them.

"I will not forget that Lille have shown great faith in me."

Liverpool reacted to the breakdown in negotiations, by signing highly rated South American defender Sebastian Coates. But should the club wish to renew their interest in Chedjou, then they should stand a good chance of securing his signature after the player intimated he would be open to a move to Merseyside.

"Do I have news from Liverpool? No," he continued. "The last contact from abroad came from Juventus.

"They contacted my agent during my holidays, but I gave my word to Lille when I signed the new contract and I am happy to stay for another season.

"We will see what happens, but England would be an exciting destination for me."

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