Joe Cole is ready to leave Liverpool permanently at the end of the sesaon as he has set his sights on a prolonged stay at Lille.
The 30-year-old joined Lille on a one-year loan deal at the start of the 2011-12 campaign, and Cole has admitted he is thoroughly enjoying his stint with the Ligue 1 champions.
"I would like to stay here, but it's still too early to say what will happen. Let's see how we finish the season," Cole told L'Equipe.
"It's not all up to me where I will end up. The board makes the final decision. I have not spoken to anyone from Liverpool yet. The financial issue obviously plays a role, but it's not all that matters for me.
"I am very happy here and love life in France. I was received very well at the club. The only thing I miss is the atmosphere in the Premier League. The level of play is quite similar, though."
The England international refuse to give up hope of his side clinching the Ligue 1 title, although he admitted that it would be tough ask with league leaders Montpellier seven points ahead in the standings.
"It's possible but very difficult," he said. "If we win all the six games we have left, then yes.
"But we also require Paris (Saint-Germain) and Montpellier to lose games. We do not have destiny in our own hands."
Coel also revealed he has not given up his international aspirations, with an eye on both the Olympics and Euro 2012 later this year.
"The Olympic Games in London are very important to me as I am a pure Londoner," said Cole.
"A lot of the competition will be in East London where I started my career.
"I have not heard anything about playing for England (at Euro 2012). I would like to play for my country again but going to the European Championship will depend on the name of the new coach.
"I would be delighted to play against France and be a spy to give some information to the English team."