Boufal unconcerned about knee injury

Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal does not believe his recent knee surgery will discourage interested clubs from making bids for him during the transfer window.

Les Dogues had an impressive 2015/16 campaign, finishing fifth in Ligue 1, and Boufal was a vital cog in their midfield, especially going forward.

The midfielder contributed 11 goals and four assists in 29 games, sparking interest from several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

If reports are to be believed, Watford are leading the race for the playmaker's signature after having a £16 million accepted by the French outfit.

One potential snag in any deal is the fact Boufal is sidelined until at least September after undergoing surgery on a niggling knee problem he'd been carrying for the later part of last season.

However, he remains confident the injury will not affect his career in anyway before dropping a fairly significant hint that his future lies away from Lille.

"I don't think this injury will have any influence on my future," Boufal told L'Equipe. "It's an injury that unfortunately strikes a lot of players and it's not an injury that can complicate my career in the short or medium term.

"My return date is foreseen in September and, at worst, I can eventually miss a maximum of three weeks of competition depending on the league I'm playing in. It's not huge."