Tottenham and Liverpool's pursuit of Ligue 1 star Sofiane Boufal just got more complicated

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Lille's new manager does not want to lose Sofiane Boufal, who has recently been linked to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Sofiane Boufal is an emerging talent with a big reputation in France, and his displays for Lille have earned him comparisons with Eden Hazard, who previously led the Ligue 1 side to a title win.

His performances have caught the attention of several clubs, including those in the Premier LeagueFrance Football reported this week Liverpool are very interested in signing the attacking midfielder in January.

Mercato365 reported earlier this season that Tottenham Hotspur had a deadline day approach rejected for the 22-year-old, but planned to return in January.

Yet both clubs' chances of a mid-season transfer coup have been made more difficult by a managerial change at Lille this week.

Frederic Antonetti was announced and unveiled as the new Lille boss, after a poor start had left them 17th in Ligue 1.

Antonetti is already taken with Boufal, praising him highly at his opening press conference.

He is quoted by Maxifoot: "I am struck by this talented player. He is creative, he is difficult to mark. For him to continue in this way, he can be the leader of the team, his talent will thrive when you look after it.

Antonetti is clearly not going to want to part ways with Boufal any time soon, unless it is at a very high price.

Lille's season was looking like there was nothing for the attacker to stick around for, but the appointment of a new coach gives it new life, and could tempt him to stay, while for his Premier League suitors, the situation is now more complicated.

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