Makoun eyes Lille exit
Jean Makoun has admitted it is time for him to leave Lille amid reports of interest from England.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 23/05/08 11:46am
Jean Makoun has admitted it is time for him to leave Lille amid reports of interest from Manchester City and Arsenal.
The Cameroonian midfielder has been at Lille for over six years but he is now looking for a new challenge and his impressive recent displays have seen him linked with many of Europe's top sides.
Arsenal are understood to be keen on Makoun, while French sources claimed this week that Manchester City had become frontrunners in the race to sign him.
Tottenham, Juventus, Lyon, Marseille and Monaco are also believed to be in the frame, and Makoun is flattered by the level of interest.
"I have experienced everything with that club (Lille), and I had a wonderful coach (Claude Puel)," he told L'Equipe.
"We played in the Champions League twice but it is the right moment to leave. I didn't talk about it with Claude Puel, but my managers have talked with the club.
"The coach was a player, he can understand my decision. It is important for me to improve.
"People talked a lot about Lyon and it is a club I appreciate a lot. Of course, any player would be very happy to join them.
"But there is abroad too. When people tell me great clubs are attracted to me, it is fun.
"Experiencing another kind of pressure would be great. I am very motivated to make a name for myself at a great club. I am keen for such a challenge."