Gervinho reveals English intent
Lille star to quit for Premier League move
By Giscard Gourizro. Last Updated: June 8, 2011 4:32pm
Gervinho: Wants to leave French champions
Ivory Coast star Gervinho has confirmed to skysports.com that he wants to leave French champions Lille.
Lille coach Rudi Garcia confirmed to skysports.com earlier this week that the club did not want to lose both Gervinho and Eden Hazard, but conceded one could go.
Gervinho, who is being chased by Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle, now appears the most likely departure after confirming his intention to leave.
He also underlined it was ambition to move to England, despite interest from Spain.
"My mind is made up, I am leaving," Gervinho told skysports.com.
Gervinho has just one-year left on his current deal, which means Lille are likely to cash in on him this summer.
"I have made my mind up. I will soon meet the club and let them know, but they understand my feelings that I want to prove myself in a top league in Europe.
"My agents are moving things as I want, people know where my future lies, it is in England."
Meanwhile, Gervinho confirmed his intention to help Ivory Coast win the African Cup of Nations next year after he helped them qualify for the finals last weekend.
"We qualified our country for the African Nations Cup, we need to go for that and try to win that competition for our country, which has been suffering in the past ten-years of conflict," he added.
"Hopefully we have entered the time of peace."