Reported Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar has admitted he was disappointed when his rumoured move to the Premier League fell through last summer, but the AS Monaco man has continued to work hard to convince those teams to return for him.
According to Metro, the Gunners nearly landed the France international in August, failing with a £92 million offer on transfer deadline day.
Liverpool are also said to be working on a move, and his comments to Telefoot indicate he's anxious to join one of those clubs (h/t Metro):
"I'm not going to hide it, I was a little disappointed. I try not to think about it. I've kept working so that these clubs come back during the next transfer window. My future? I am open to everything. I love all the different leagues."
The 22-year-old was one of last season's stars on the Monaco team that lost plenty of talent over the summer, and he has failed to replicate his good form during the 2017-18 campaign.
Lemar has bagged just two goals in Ligue 1 but has flashed his tremendous talent for the Ligue 1 champions on a few occasions, as you can see in the video below:
A drop-off was to be expected after Kylian Mbappe's departure to Paris Saint-Germain. Without the star forward, defences have been able to key in on Lemar, who hasn't been able to deal with the added attention.
With France's national team, which is stacked with talent, the youngster has fared better. He was on point in the friendly loss against Colombia on Friday, scoring a fantastic team goal, per Planet Futbol:
Friday's outing suggested he could hit the same heights he did last year when surrounded by talent, which would be the case at Anfield.
Per Metro, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees Lemar as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January. And after his disappointing 2017-18 campaign, there's a good chance he would cost a lot less than the £92 million Arsenal were supposedly willing to cough up last summer.
His latest comments put Monaco in something of a tough spot, as it's clear Lemar wants to leave the club and that he plans to do so in the summer.
Mbappe's move to PSG means the club won't be short on cash, however, and they could look to make a statement by keeping hold of a key player. Metro shared comments Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev previously made to RMC, emphasising the need to keep Lemar at the club.
Because of that, Monaco could hold out for a significant transfer fee, even if a move in the summer seems likely.