Lens’ Séko Fofana on his future: “I don’t know why I’d be fixated on leaving.”

In an interview with L’Équipe published this afternoon, Lens midfielder Séko Fofana notably discussed his future at the club amid rumours of a departure, and looked ahead to the start of the season, as his team host Brest on Sunday to kick off their campaign.

How are you experiencing this uncertain period, with the transfer window?

I’m very calm about it. I’m not the only decision-maker in this situation. As long as I’m here, I’ll do what I have to do. I’m really happy. Maybe you want to see me elsewhere, I don’t know! [laughs] But right now, things are going very well, there have been new signings and we have a very complete squad. I don’t know why I’d be fixated or leaving and doing my head in with that.

Have you set yourself a deadline to decide on your future?

No. There are no certainties on anything in football. To be honest, as the coach [Franck Haise] said, we are very happy together, we’re working well. There are things that can happen. It’s a situation where lots of people are asking questions, where I’m being linked all over the place. I’m trying not to pay attention to that. The reality is that I’m at Lens right now and I’m very happy to be here. Sometimes, being set on leaving, I wouldn’t say that it scares me but the last two years have gone by quickly. I want to keep enjoying myself and I won’t take any decision lightly.

[…] Are you targeting a European place with Lens this season?

You might be, I’m not. The goal is not to put ourselves under pressure. We’ve had two good seasons. It’s true that maybe people expect us to go higher. This season, the league will be another proposition because there are four relegation spots, it’s a lot. So at the start of the campaign, I can’t really tell you what the objective is.

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