New LOSC winger Edon Zhegrova has admitted that he signed for the reigning champions at the expense of Sunday night's opponents Marseille.
The Kosovo international signed for LOSC on Friday from Swiss outfit FC Basel and despite being courted by Marseille as well as a host of other clubs, he explained why he opted for a move to the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
"I like Lille more than Marseille," replied a brazen Zhegrova when quizzed on his transfer. "That's why I made this choice. It's a great opportunity, a great club. I like the way Lille play. The Lille game suits me more than Marseille's. I'm very happy to have joined Lille."
The 22-year-old has amassed 24 caps and two goals at international level for Kosovo and was signed as a replacement for Jonathan Ikoné who completed his move to Fiorentina last week. During his unveiling, Zhegrova did not hide his pleasure at signing a four-and–half-year contract with the French champions, turning down the advances of Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"He has an interesting profile which is why Edon had a number of propositions," said Lille President Olivier Létang during the presentation of the winter recruit. "He has fantastic qualities, and an ability to cause problems for any defence. We are delighted that he has joined Lille."
Although new to French football, Zhegrova has done his homework on his new surroundings and already sees the clear differences between the Swiss Super League and Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
"Ligue 1 is quicker and far more physical which is very good for me as I believe this is more suited to how I play. I hope to progress here. I will give the best of myself in every training session and every game, I will try to be at 100%."