Joe Cole set to return to Liverpool this summer after Lille loan spell
Joe Cole will return to Liverpool this summer following his loan spell at Ligue 1 side Lille, the French side's manager has revealed
Joe Cole will return to Liverpool this summer after his season-long loan at Lille, according to the Ligue 1 club’s manager.
The 30-year-old midfielder made 38 appearances for the French club last season, scoring four goals since joining the club on a year-long deal on transfer deadline day last August.
“Joe Cole will stay at Liverpool,” Lille boss Rudi Garcia told Canal+. “The new staff has decided to keep him.
“We will keep very good memories of the player but also of the man.”
Cole sealed a move to Anfield when he was signed by former Reds boss Roy Hodgson on a free transfer on a four-year deal in July 2010.
But the midfielder managed just three goals and two assists in a largely disappointing campaign for the former Chelsea man, before he was loaned out to Lille by new manager Kenny Dalglish after the Scot took charge mid-way through the 2010-11 season.