Bodmer staying put
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lille have no intention of selling Mathieu Bodmer to Arsenal or anywhere else.
Lille have no intention of selling Mathieu Bodmer to Arsenal or anywhere else during the transfer window.
The highly-rated midfielder has been monitored by The Gunners recently, as revealed on skysports.com this week, but Lille chairman Michel Seydoux wants to keep the 22-year-old.
Arsene Wenger is understood to have asked former Arsenal man Gilles Grimandi to study Bodmer's game as the player has been likened in style to Highbury captain Patrick Vieira.
Milan, Lyon and Paris Saint Germain are other admirers of somebody who would rather spend more time in Ligue 1 before heading abroad.
"It is impossible that he could leave," Seydoux told L'Equipe. "Anyway, we have not received any official proposition for our players.
"In our minds, even at the end of the season, he will not be allowed to leave."
The former Caen ace admits he is flattered by the attention in his performances as LOSC ride high in the Ligue 1 table.
"I feel indebted to Lille," said Bodmer. "It is the only club who came and got me when I was not even playing any more at Caen.
"The officials helped me to adapt.
"Of course, I am flattered by all the interest."
He clearly has a vision of how he sees things progressing over time and is something of a man on a mission.
"My start at Caen, then a stay in a Ligue 1 club, more or less big. Then a transfer with a great French club would be much better.
"I see the number of players who leave straight away for abroad and who fail.
"I don't want to cut corners. So far, I can't see any interest in leaving now.
"I still have a lot of things to achieve here, at least until the end of the season.
"Then, it will be time to take stock with the officials."