Ivory Coast ace rejects Liverpool move

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Ivory Coast star Gervinho has revealed his intention to stay at Lille - ruling out a potential move to Liverpool. are reporting that the 23-year-old was subject to a 12 million euro bid from the Reds, but the winger has expressed his desire to stay in France rather than move to Merseyside.

Having started his senior career at former Arsenal feeder club Beveren, he was granted a transfer to Le Mans having spent two years in Belgium.

After an eye-catchng first season in Ligue 1 he was linked with a move elsewhere; eventually joining Lille for 8 million euros in July 2009.

His stock rose even further at the Nord club - scoring 13 goals in 32 appearances last season. This impressive goal return has since seen him heavily linked with Arsenal and, latterly, Liverpool.

Roy Hodgson is understood to be keen to add to his wide options having offloaded want away Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun to Chelsea. However, the new Liverpool boss will have to look elsewhere for replacements after Gervinho told a French radio station that he will stay with Les Dogues.

"I'll play with Lille next season. This is my first year. I still have two years of my contract [to run]," he said.

"Do not panic. I had good times last season and still have good things to come."


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