He declared, "After my departure, I continued to follow Lens. I have always kept in touch with my friends I have known here, players and employees. This is where it all started. I always wanted to play with the first Lensoise team. It was my childhood dream."
He also stated, "Aurier, Kondogbia, these are friends with whom I speak from time to time. Now I'm the one waiting for their return (laughs). Their reaction on my return shows that the club is close to their hearts."