Lampard confirms Chelsea’s interest in player but rules out January transfer

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is in his radar but has ruled out a January transfer for the 20 year old midfielder.

The Lille midfielder is one of the top young stars in the French league, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool also said to be keeping an eye on him.

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When asked about Chelsea’s interest in Soumare, Lampard said: “I am aware of him, but [he is] not on my radar for this window.”

Soumare also recently ruled out a January exit from Lille.

Soumare told L’Equipe: “It has not worried me. Reporting matters to the people who read it and the people who write it.

“I do not see myself leaving. I feel good here. I am learning, we have big objectives to attain, like qualification for the Champions League. A departure is not on the cards.

“I want to do a full season, yes. I am not saying that I am in the starting XI, but the place that I have in the team today, I worked hard to get through the work that I put in, I won it. I cannot see myself leaving without seeing this through.

“I feel good, my team-mates help me. It is not the time to leave. I do not want to leave with any regrets.”

Asked whether he’s made his intentions clear to Lille, he replied: “Yes, of course.

“I have already had discussions with the coach. I told him very clearly.

“I have a very precise idea of where I want to go in my career.

“I know today where I am and I like being here.”

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