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.”