Lens captain Seydou Keita has revealed he has received interest from Internazionale and Premiership outfit Tottenham in the past.
The talented defensive midfielder has also confirmed he may leave the Ligue One club next summer if he can find a bigger European side to play for, despite having just signed a one-year contract extension at the Stade Bollaert.
The 26-year-old Malian international told L'Equipe: "Last season I had contacts.
"The interest from Internazionale was very serious.
"My agent went to Milan but the case of match fixing slowed down the negotiations leaving doubts about the future of the club."
Keita also revealed that Spurs took a keen interest.
"I also had contact with Tottenham," he added.
"The coach wanted to keep me here, the chairman gave his agreement for me to leave next summer so it is up to me. To go higher I need to be good on the pitch."