Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has expressed his desires to remain in France next season, reports Sky Sports.
The former Ajaccio stopper was released at the end of the season after the club were relegated to Ligue 2 after a poor season. However, the 28-year-old has proved that he is still capable of producing top quality football after his stunning performance against Brazil, making several saves to keep the national side in contention of reaching the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
Ochoa is yet to concede in the two matches that Mexico have played against Cameroon and hosts Brazil. He made a terrific save in the dying minutes of the game to keep Cameroon at bay and denied every attempt that Brazil threw at him.
Ochoa has been linked with clubs around Europe, but after spending the last three seasons in France with Ajaccio, the goalkeeper has expressed his desires to stay in France although to play in Ligue 1 and also the Champions League.
His ambition to play in the top flight of European football may mean that remaining in Ligue 1 may not be possible and he may need to consider offers from other nations for him to fulfil his aspirations.
Ochoa said in L’Equipe: “My priority is to stay in France, but I am open to any propositions.
“I have improved in the last three years, most notably in handling the pace of games.
“But I was used to top competition when I played in Mexico. I now need to play in the Champions League to be sure of my level.”
Ochoa played for Ajaccio 112 times in Ligue 1 over three years, after moving from America in Mexico on a free transfer in 2011. The move came around the same time as Ochoa was banned from the Mexico national squad after failing a doping test, which later turned out to be due to ingestion of contaminated meat.
A move to PSG was on the cards before the failed test, which occurred just before the transfer window and the goalkeeper faced a ban of possibly two years. By the time he and five teammates had been cleared, only Ajaccio had kept in contact which led to the move to the French club.
Ochoa has proved for Ajaccio that his match against Brazil on Tuesday was no fluke. In August 2013, at the start of the season, Ochoa produced a fantastic performance against eventual champions PSG, keeping his side in contention for a point. The game finished 1-1.
Ochoa failed to win any trophies at Ajaccio but was included in the squad that won the Gold cup for Mexico in 2009 and 2010. He is currently appearing in his third World Cup in Brazil, yet did not featured in his first two tournaments.
It was believed that Marseille were in poll position to sign the Mexican goalkeeper before the World Cup, although there are now more offers on the table for Ochoa.
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