Kjaer rules out leaving Lille for Monaco

After a stellar season in Ligue 1, the Denmark international is attracting interest from some of Europe's top clubs but he is not interested in leaving Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Simon Kjaer's agent has dismissed speculation linking the Lille defender with a move to Monaco.

A superb debut campaign with Rene Girard’s side has rejuvenated the 25-year-old’s career and has seen him once more touted as a transfer target for Europe's top clubs, but the former Roma centre-back is happy at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, according to his representative.

“I have read the stories in French press, but I have to kill those rumours. I have not been in contact with Monaco,” Mikkel Beck told TV2.

“There have been so many stories, and obviously it is nice to see Simon linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. That means that he's been doing really well.

"He has been playing some of the best football in his life for Lille. And when you play as well, as Simon has been doing, rumours will appear. But we won't be distracted.

“Simon is part of a very serious project in Lille right now and he has no intention of leaving that. He is playing a big part in an important season for Lille, and he is so happy about that."

The Dane helped Lille finish third in Ligue 1 last season, largely thanks to their stoical defensive record, which was one of the most impressive in all of Europe.

Now Lille’s next challenge is to join Monaco in the Champions League, having progressed through the third qualifying round with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Grasshopper Zurich.