Makoun flattered by interest
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jean Makoun admits he was flattered by the interest shown in him in the summer.
Jean Makoun admits he was flattered by the interest shown in him in the summer, but insists he is willing to adhere to his contract at Lille.
The Cameroon international was coveted by both Lyon and Manchester United in the close season and it had looked as though an exit would be forthcoming.
However, a deal failed to materialise and Makoun, while pleased that his performances have been recognised, is now looking to knuckle down with his current employers.
"I am proud of those contacts," conceded Makoun. "I thought a lot about it, I won't hide it, it was difficult to refuse.
"Logically, you can't reject such clubs. But I refused to enter the system of putting pressure on my officials.
"I try to respect people to get what I deserve. Around me I have thoughtful people who know what a career is made of.
"To shout my head off is not my style, I have a trusting relationship with Lille.
"With the club and coach Claude Puel, I know I can still improve and grow. But to stay here does not give me any guarantees for my future."
Meanwhile, 25-year-old defender Nicolas Plestan has signed a one-year contract extension that prolongs his stay at the club until 2010.
"I am happy to extend with a club that is improving and growing," he told the club's website.
"I am very satisfied as this is what I wanted. I have found an agreement quite quickly with the club and that is fine. I know competition is important at Lille.
"But as I always say, I am not afraid by the competition because I trust my abilities."