Milan, Newcastle eye Lille’s Botman

By Oviri Kelvin

Sven Botman says he will consider leaving French side Lille at the end of the season if there are reasonable offers in the summer. The highly sought defender that was instrumental to the Lille’s success last season when they won the Ligue 1 trophy, is wanted in Italy by AC Milan.

The Dutch international who has featured 29 times this season for Lille in all competitions, scoring 3 goals with 1 assist in the process, refused to leave the French side in January.

Consequently, after due consideration, the player remained with Lille to help the French club in the Champions League and Ligue 1 campaign by shelving interest from European clubs.

Retrospectively, the 22 years old in January could not miss his first-ever Champions League experience in lieu of growing interest from clubs. “I accepted the situation.

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There were opportunities to leave. But we also had the Champions League, my first Champions League. And we were in a good position in Ligue 1. I think these offers will come back,” he told L’Equipe. The French Ligue 1 defender, who has kept 10 clean sheets this season, hinted that he would welcome offers during the summer having helped Ligue 1 finish a successful campaign.

He said, “I’ll see. If things go as planned, then yes. But first of all, I want to finish this season well. The club deserves it. After that, we’ll see. I haven’t decided anything.” The media is also inundated with rumours that Newcastle United is also interested in the Lille defender whose contract with the French club runs until 2025.

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