Rene Girard uncertain on Salomon Kalou's Lille future

Lille manager Rene Girard expects Divock Origi to be playing for the French club next season, but is not as certain on the future of former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou.

Rene Girard has admitted that he does not know whether Salomon Kalou will remain at Lille this season.

The former Chelsea forward has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Liverpool believed to be tracking the Ivory Coast international.

Lille are likely to sell young Belgian frontman Divock Origi to one of Europe's major clubs this summer, and losing Kalou as well would be a blow for manager Girard's chances of repeating last year's achievement of qualifying for the Champions League.

Girard expects Origi, who could be loaned back to Lille after being purchased by either Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur, to play for the French club this term, but is less certain on Kalou's future.

He told reporters: "Divock Origi will be here this season. With regards to Salomon Kalou, it is less certain. But for now, he is at Lille."

Kalou, 28, has scored 30 goals in 65 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille since joining on a free transfer in 2012.

Lille's Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou celebrates after scoring with his teammate Lille's French midfielder Jonathan Delaplace during the French L1 football match Lorient vs Lille on May 17, 2014
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