Lille boss Rudi Garcia believes Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea target Eden Hazard could have chosen a better time to talk about his future, but has no issue with the comments he made.
Skysports.com reports how the 20-year-old winger revealed on Monday his plans to leave Ligue 1 at the end of the current campaign, having been strongly linked with a number of Europe's biggest clubs.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Hazard, and was hoping to utilise his French connections to engineer a deal that saw the talented Belgian international move to the Emirates Stadium.
Similiarly, Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has ties from time working in his homeland, and had plans to lure Hazard to Anfield to join the Reds' revolution.
However, it is Chelsea who were recently credited as the side most likely to land one of the most sought-after players in Europe, after a Lille spokesman revealed that Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas had sent officials to France to open negotiations regarding a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Hazard himself claimed that AC and Inter Milan had both expressed an interest in acquiring his services, but failed to name Liverpool, Chelsea, or Arsenal as interested parties in England.
Garcia admitted he will be reluctant to sell his star player, but said he is realistic enough to know that such a time would inevitably come.
"Hazard's words? I have no problem with the content," he told France Football. "He has only repeated what everyone has known for a while.
"The timing was not the best. However, it was the journalists that set the timing. Someone mentioned a French club being interested in Eden and he replied. He did it in a good way."