Boubakary Soumare of Lille
Boubakary Soumare of Lille has attracted the attention of several top European clubs. Sebastien Nogier/Shutterstock.

Lille linchpin Boubakary Soumare has said he’s not interested in a January move despite rising interest in his signature, with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly among his admirers.

The Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate moved to Lille in 2017 and made his professional debut in November of that year, but it was only at the end of last season that he established his place as a starter.

Soumare, 20, told L’Equipe (via Sky Sports) he was ready to shun reported interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and United to remain in his current setting:

“I feel good here. I learn, we have high goals, like the Champions League. A departure is not on the agenda. I want to do a full season. My team-mates are helping me. It is not time to leave. I don't want to leave with regrets.
“I have already discussed it with the coach. I told him very clearly. I have a very clear idea of where I want to go in my career. I know where I am today. And that suits me.”

Lille enjoyed a particularly strong start to this campaign but have fallen to fifth in Ligue 1 after suffering back-to-back defeats, though Soumare has been a vital figure throughout.

The youngster has started in all but four of his 25 appearances across all competitions this season, including each of their six Champions League fixtures.

His list of suitors looks likely to grow between now and the end of this season, one of numerous players at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy certain to attract a host of transfer attention, alongside Victor Osimhen and Gabriel.