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Lille star Steve Botman flattered by reported Manchester United interest

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Lille defender Sven Botman has admitted he would be lying if he said he wasn’t flattered by reported interest from Liverpool.

The Dutchman has impressed for the Ligue 1 leaders, as they bid to replace Paris Saint-Germain as French champions, leading to suggestions he could be in line for a summer switch to the Premier League.

MEN Sport understands that United are prioritising the addition of a new centre-back to partner Harry Magure, with Raphael Varane and Pau Torres two players of interest.

Reports in the national media have also linked United and Liverpool with Botman and the 21-year-old was questioned about the latter.

He told The Athletic : “It is a good compliment when you hear these clubs are interested. I’m lying if I say it’s not interesting me — it’s the first time such big clubs are linked to me — but it was early days because in January I was only at Lille for half a season.

“It was nice to hear but I was focusing on Lille and I’m still doing this. After the season I will enjoy a vacation and see what happens next.

“If I’m honest, the Premier League is one of the leagues I dreamed about… but also Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga. The Premier League is something special. It’s the football I really like and that fits me.

“The style of play, the emotion; I really like to see the fans with such big emotions in the stands. It is a beautiful competition I really like to watch and did for pretty much all my life.

He added: “I’m not the kind of guy who is already planning for the future. How it’s going with me now, I hope to someday make a good step to a top competition or a big club; that’s my goal.

“But I’m good at the moment with Lille. I’m really enjoying this year, I’m enjoying playing a lot. I learn a lot and I still have to improve a lot. I’m not complaining about my situation right now, I’m happy at the moment.

“For my ambitions, yes, of course I want to achieve as much as possible. I hope to make a big, beautiful step for me. We’ll have to see in the future if that is possible or not.”

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