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LILLE, July 7 (Ligue 1) - Lille defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has delayed making a decision on his future after failing to receive any offers matching his expectations.

The 24-year-old Switzerland international, who has been at LOSC since 2005, is seeking a fresh challenge but has already snubbed Paris St Germain once after their proposed salary of 50,000 euros a month was described by the player as 'completely insufficient'.

'I have had contact with some interesting clubs,' said Lichtsteiner in L'Equipe. 'But for the moment, their offers are not in accordance with my expectations.

'I continue to speak with PSG. They have very good coaches and a good set-up so we will see how that one develops. That is not my only possible destination.'

Lichtsteiner has not completely ruled out staying with Lille, however, but would prefer to move on.

'Lille? I have not closed the door,' he said. 'The coaches are good there.

'I have spoken to the new coach (Rudi Garcia) and he was very nice to me. I think he will do very well at Lille.

'Personally, I have not closed the door but Lille is not my priority and the bosses know what I want.'


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