Liverpool target Divock Origi has attracted plenty of attention from several clubs after impressing during Belgium’s World Cup performance in Brazil, but Lille manager Rene Girard believes the 19-year-old should stay in France.
With reports coming from Anfield saying that the teenager would be loaned back to Lille for the year if he did sign for Liverpool, Girard is confident that Origi will still be at the 2010/11 French champions next year.
Origi has been linked with Liverpool for several weeks after becoming the youngest goalscorer at the World Cup, coming on as a substitute against Russia before scoring the winner moments later.
With the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool are keen to rebuild their attacking options to match the success of last season’s duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
With the signing of striker Rickie Lambert and wingers Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, Origi is not guaranteed a starting place even if he decided to not return to Lille on loan.
Growing list of suitors
Origi has been in high demand with several clubs around Europe desperate for his signature, but it is believed that Liverpool are currently in the best position to sign the Lille forward. Origi is in no rush to decide where he will play next year, making sure that he chooses the best club for his development as a player.
He stated that he hopes to have made a decision within two weeks, with many clubs eager to find out the youngsters final choice.
One player that Girard believes could leave Lille during the summer is former Chelsea winger Salamon Kalou, possibly returning to the Premier League.
Other exits possible
Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have all declared interest in signing the 28-year-old who moved to Lille after being released by Chelsea in 2012.
The Ivory Coast international has scored 34 goals in 77 appearances since moving to France, also contributing 11 assists in those two seasons.
The Lille boss said that for now, Kalou is a Lille player but his future at the club is not as clear, with the interest coming from the Premier League.
Girard will be hoping to hold on to his best players as they aim to match last season’s third place finish. They are currently in the third round of qualifying for this season’s Champions League, making it even more important that they try and keep their star names at the club if it is to be a successful season.