Lille defender Simon Kjaer spoke of his desire to make England his next destination, conceding Liverpool would be the preferred club for his family, although insisted they would support him wherever he decides to go.
The 25-year-old has been linked with several European giants, including AC Milan, but indicated in a recent interview that he sees his future in England.
‘’I am not in a hurry to leave France. My family and I enjoy living in Lille, and I enjoy playing for LOSC,’’ said Kjaer, reported by Goal. ‘’But, at 25, I have to plan for the best years of my career and England could very well be my next destination.
‘’I’ve considered a move to England before, but next summer it could happen.
‘’It’s not a secret that my family are Liverpool fans,’’ he added. ‘’And a move to Liverpool would make my family happy.
‘’I am a player not a fan. So I would choose the club that is the best place for me to play my football – and where my family would be happy.
‘’It’s always nice to hear about big clubs being interested, but I won’t concentrate on any other club than Lille right now.’’
Kjaer signed for Lille in July 2013 for less than €2 million and helped the French side record an outstanding 21 clean sheets last season, establishing the club as having one of the tightest defences in Europe.
Described as a great reader of the game, he possesses fantastic defensive movement, as well as a dominating aerial presence. Two essential traits needed to succeeding in the Premier League as quick, physical strikers remain the popular choice among managers.
Liverpool, if they wish to pursue Kjaer, may believe they have leg-up in the race for the defender but know, going by his comments, that his decision will be based purely on footballing matters and not sentiment.
Nevertheless, the defender sounds ideal for both clubs - Manchester United and Liverpool - in their current state and could just be the answer to their problems when the January transfer window opens.