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Lemar: I'll play anywhere for France & we're determined to go far at World Cup

3:55 PM GMT+8 16/06/2018
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The new Atletico Madrid signing is not bothered about where he is deployed, insisting he just wants to help Les Bleus go far in Russia

Thomas Lemar says he will play anywhere for France as Les Bleus set off on their quest for World Cup glory.

Didier Deschamps' men face Australia on Saturday, in the match that will kick off their tournament.

Lemar has been in the news recently, as it was confirmed Atletico Madrid had agreed a deal with Monaco worth around £52 million (€60m/$69m) to sign him, but his focus is solely on the tournament for now.

Indeed, the 22-year-old was included in Deschamps' squad over Manchester United winger Anthony Martial, after scoring three goals and providing 10 assists last season.

While primarily a left winger, Lemar admits he is willing to play anywhere for his country as they attempt to better their second-placed finish at the 2016 European Championship.

Asked by Goal about where he would want to play, either through the middle or on the flank, he replied: "Frankly, it doesn't matter.

"Whether that's on the left or in the centre, I'll adapt according to the system and the game plan of the coach.

"I grew up playing in the middle but then, as I said, at professional level you have to adapt."

Lemar is confident of France's chances in the tournament and hopes Les Bleus can go as far as possible in the tournament.

"[Who would we want to] Avoid? I don't know. If we pass the group stages, all teams will be complicated and hard to beat. We will try to go as far as possible."

If Lemar possessed a magic wand that could eliminate one team from the competition, the 22-year-old would pick Brazil, one of the other favourites to lift the World Cup trophy.

"They are strong collectively and individually, they're a very beautiful team," he added.

France were beaten in the final of Euro 2016 by Portugal, but Lemar is sure they can handle the pressure of being one of the favourites in Russia.

"You can't feel pressure. We know our qualities," he said. "As I said, it's up to us to balance things out and focus to go as far as possible."