Lille manager Rene Girard has affirmed that Liverpool loanee Divock Origi will remain with the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season, insisting no talks over a potential winter move have been held.
Lille agreed to sell the Belgian international to the Reds this summer for £10 million following his starring performances at the World Cup, on condition that he would return to France for the duration of the 2014-15 season.
However, with both Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert enduring underwhelming campaigns, and Daniel Sturridge sidelined until the New Year, reports that manager Brendan Rodgers could opt to spend an extra £3 million to bring the promising forward to the club earlier than planned have been rampant in recent weeks.
Girard has dismissed those claims, though, telling reporters: “here are no worries with regards to Divock Origi.
"He is with us and will be until the end of the season, as we expected.”
Origi, 19, has scored four goals and two assists in 18 total appearances so far this season, and Rodgers revealed last month that the club are taking considerable steps to ensure he is prepared for the English game once he does make the move across the Channel.
“I get all of his games downloaded from our recruitment team. We're in contact, which is great, and we're helping him with his game,” he told the club’s official website.
“He's a big talent for someone so young and we're looking at aspects of his game.
“When he plays in France, we get a download of the game here, analyse that and then feedback to him on areas he can improve in the game and what he's doing very, very well, so when he comes into here next summer he's prepared and we know the areas of his game that are his strengths.
“Hopefully in this time, he can improve in other areas.”