Liverpool target Ryad Boudebouz plans to leave French club Sochaux at the end of the season. But he may not be heading to Anfield since he prefers to remain in France, according to Sky Sports.
Liverpool inquired about the 21-year-old last summer, but both Boudebouz and Sochaux directors insisted he should continue to develop at the club he joined as a 14-year-old.
The French-born Algerian international now thinks he is ready for the next challenge in his career, but he would like to join a big club in France.
"I want to be a better player," Boudebouz said, "because I want to leave Sochaux one day. When? At the end of the season I will ask to leave. I would like to remain in France, we will see in June."
Despite the allure of the English Premier League, it looks like he will likely join a top French Club. Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille are possible destinations.
Boudebouz has made 119 appearances in four seasons with Sochaux. He represented France at the U-19 level, but switched allegiances to Algeria at the senior level. He was a part of its 2010 World Cup team, appearing in one of three games. To date, he's scored one goal in nine appearances for the North African country.
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