Earlier in the week, Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos was linked with a move to Chelsea in the January window. There was talk of a £25 million bid from the London club and the exodus of talented players leaving Monaco set to continue. With the focus on the future of the young winger, he has spoken out regarding his future and why he is much happier in Monaco this season and finally feels like a major part of the club.
Ocampos was asked by French newspaper L'Equipe to describe his first two years at the Monegasque club, and despite not playing a huge role in the starting XI, the 20-year-old was keen to stress that he has developed a lot in his time in France.
“I have gained experience, and it has been a key time for me. I have not always got my chance, even in Ligue 2, but it’s difficult to arrive in Europe at 17.”
“In the second season some great players arrived, Falcao, James Rodriguez and Yannick (Ferreira Carrasco), it was very good. This season, it is better, I have started seven times, it’s not bad.”
With the Chelsea stories emerging recently, he was asked about his future and ambitions, and what he gave was a very mature response. Saying that every young player dreams of playing for the biggest teams in the world, but he’s not putting any pressure on himself.
He says he is aware that his progress is being followed in Argentina, but then makes the point that there are plenty of promising Argentines in Europe.
Ocampos was also asked if new coach Leandro Jardim was better than Claudio Ranieri, and with his increased role in the side, it was no surprise he sided with the former.
“The system is more favourable to me. In the midfield diamond, there was no place for me. Now there are four players for two places: Valere (Germain), Bernardo Silva, Yannick and me. We have to take our chance.”
This change of formation has lead Ocampos to feel more like a member of the first-team, saying he feels like a starter now and he is looking to add to the five goals he scored last season now he has more opportunities.
This doesn’t sound like a player that is looking for a way out of the club in January. Ocampos is much happier he is able to play more often for Monaco this season, something he wouldn’t guarantee at Chelsea. The winger is looking to improve and he is happy that Monaco is the best place he can be at the moment.