Metz starlet Ludovic Obraniak has decided to join Lille.
The 22-year-old playmaker has been in superb form in Ligue 2 this season but is ready to embark on a new challenge.
He is contracted to Metz until the end of the season but will not accept their offer of a new contract, and believes a move is imminent.
"I have thought a lot and I have decided to sign at Lille, now or in June. I won't extend my stay at Metz," he explained.
"It is better to leave in the winter, on a sport level for me and on a financial level for Metz.
"At Lille, the challenge is extraordinary. I will enter a group that plays UEFA Champions League football.
"If it had not been Lille, I would have surely signed again here.
"It is a selfish choice from me, but I know my team-mates will understand it. You don't have such an opportunity very often."