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Chelsea & Manchester United target 'paying no attention' to transfer rumours

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City target Lucas Digne insists he is paying no attention to rumours linking him with the Premier League, and is perfectly happy playing at Lille, reports Sky Sports.

The 19-year-old left-back is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in France at the moment, and has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are also believed to be monitoring Digne's situation, as he continues to excel in Ligue 1.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in bringing the defender to Old Trafford in the summer, as he looks to increase competition for Patrice Evra.

Alex Buttner has failed to make his mark at Manchester United, while Fabio is expected to leave the club on loan again next season.

Chelsea are also blessed with strong left-back options, with Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand currently vying for a Stamford Bridge starting spot on the left side of defence, but that hasn't thwarted Roman Abramovich's apparent interest in Digne.

Liverpool meanwhile, have Jose Enrique as first choice full-back, but Brendan Rodgers has also utilised Glen Johnson in that role on a number of occasions this season, and so could turn to the France U19 international to strengthen that area of his Anfield squad.

Manchester City complete the quartet of English clubs said to be tracking Digne, even though Roberto Mancini already has Gael Clichy and Alexander Kolarov in his Etihad Stadium ranks.

Regardless of the recent speculation, Digne says he is focused on continuing his development at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole under the stewardship of Rudi Garcia, and although he can't guarantee what the future holds, is not planning to leave Les Dogues this summer.

"Suitors? I don't pay any attention to that. Really," he told L'Equipe. "I joined a group of players who were champions of France when I was just 18 and I realise that I have experienced something really quickly, because I didn't expect to play so often.

"I hear I am one of the most promising full-backs, but what does it mean? How many players were promising and what did they do then?

"Leaving Lille? It is the club where I have been educated, and I am very fine here. We will see."

 

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