Gervinho wants CL football
Lille striker Gervinho insists he will only leave for another club participating in the UEFA Champions League.
By Giscard Gourizro & Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 06/05/11 3:34pm
In-demand Lille striker Gervinho insists he will only leave the French outfit for another club participating in the UEFA Champions League.
The Ivory Coast international has been linked with Newcastle and Liverpool, while Primera Liga stalwarts Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are reportedly keen.
Gervinho, who is valued at around €15million (£13.25million), is chasing a league and cup double with Lille, who are expected to qualify for next season's Champions League.
The former Le Mans striker appears to have shut the door on a move to Anfield or St James' Park, though, by highlighting his need for top European football.
"I am trying my best to concentrate on the final push for the league," he told skysports.com. "We want to win the championship. Also, we are in the cup final.
"At the end of the season, me and my advisors will speak to the club and see what to do but if I am leaving a club which will play in the Champions League, I will only go to one who is in the Champions League.
"It's the best competition and I want to be a part of that set-up every year."
Gervinho has 14 goals in 29 starts in Ligue 1 this season, but failed to score in seven appearances during Lille's Europa League campaign.