Cole keeping options open

Cole joined the Ligue 1 champions on a season-long loan deal over

the summer and has caught the eye with a series of impressive

performances both in their domestic games and the Champions League.

Lille boss Rudi Garcia has expressed his desire to keep Cole beyond

the summer, although Kenny Dalglish has not yet heard anything

about the possibility of turning the move into a permanent

arrangement. Cole is not sure what the future holds but is open to

the idea of going back to Anfield, where he would have the chance

to prove his worth after a frustrating 2010/11 campaign. However,

he has indicated that his preference would be to remain at Lille as

he feels he is finally getting back to his best form. Asked about a

possible Liverpool return, the midfielder told Sky Sports News:

“Who knows what will happen? I might get the chance to change that

round. “At the moment I am happy here. I am playing and I am

playing well, so it is all going good. “If it continues going like

this, it would be the logical option (to stay at Lille). “The

football’s gone quite well, considering I didn’t play for so long

at Liverpool, but I’ve had a good start and I’m only going to

improve as I get closer to my best level. “I am edging closer to

what I was at my peak at Chelsea.” If he can keep performing well

until the end of the season Cole may put himself in contention for

a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad. He is keen to be involved but

will not build his hopes up too high after falling down Fabio

Capello’s pecking order over the past 18 months. “It is at the back

of my mind, but you can’t drive yourself mad because it is out of

my hands,” said Cole. “I am a proud Englishman and I love playing

for my country. I have had some great times in an England shirt and

I don’t want to not ever play for England. “I definitely have a lot

more to offer.” Cole continues to follow the Premier League from

afar and has given his backing to Andre Villas-Boas to rise above

the pressure and succeed at his former club Chelsea. “It is a

difficult time for the club because things have to change, and he

is definitely the man to take them through it in my opinion,” said

Cole. “It would be rash if anything happened to him because you are

just restarting the engine again.”