Bodmer awaits French call
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mathieu Bodmer has revealed he is still to hear anything from Raymond Domenech.
Lille's Mathieu Bodmer admits he is yet to hear from France coach Raymond Domenech, despite rumours of an imminent international call.
The powerful midfielder has been in fine form so far this season, scoring seven goals in Ligue 1, prompting suggestions he should represent Les Bleus.
Despite all the attention, Bodmer insists he is staying focused on helping his team domestically.
"I am lucky to be playing so often," he told L'Equipe.
"The coach trusts me, I have more and more landmarks, self trust and trust from my team-mates.
"My basic position is defensive-midfielder, but I also played as a central-defender when I was educated at Caen and in Ligue 2.
"At Lille we are achieving good things in Europe and we are the most regular team behind Lyon in Le Championnat.
"I have never had any news from the national coach or his staff."
Bodmer could not be doing much more to enhance his international claims right now, prompting suggestions he may have to move clubs to gain recognition.
The midfielder insists he does not want to leave Lille, but he admits he may consider any offers from outside of France.
"Alou Diarra was regularly called when he played for Lens, and Lens is not far away from Lille.
"In the past I believed after Lille I would play for a big French club. But today, except Lyon, no one is above Lille on sport level in France.
"If I was to depart, I would rather look abroad. But anyway I fell much at ease at Lille.
"June is still far away, I have a long-term contract, and there are things to respect. We still talk calmly with the officials in time."