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Lille keen to extend Joe Cole's loan from Liverpool for another season

The Ligue 1 side's manager has admitted he would like to keep hold of the winger, but will have to wait until the Anfield club appoint a new manager to propose any deal

Lille coach Rudi Garcia has expressed an interest to hold on to attacking midfielder Joe Cole for another season, despite his loan from parent club Liverpool coming to an end.

The 30-year-old has returned to England after spending the 2011-12 campaign in Ligue 1, but Garcia is keen to strike a deal with the Anfield club to extend the temporary deal for another season, after he contributed nine goals in 42 appearances for the club.

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"From a sporting angle we would like to keep him [Cole]," Garcia told reporters, who is also resigned to losing his coveted Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard.

"But he does not belong to us and he has not discussed matters with Liverpool."

"It is a very fluid situation. The only certainty for the moment is that he is returning to Liverpool, the club to which he belongs."


Cole joined Liverpool on a four-year contract in 2010 on a free transfer from Chelsea but the former England international failed to impress in his debut season and was sent out on loan by, the now sacked manager, Kenny Dalglish.

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