Gomis looking at future

Striker reveals Italian preference

By Patrick Haond   Last updated: 8th May 2008

Bafetimbi Gomis

Gomis: Considering options

St Etienne starlet Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed he would rather move to Italy than the Premier League.

The 22-year-old striker, labelled by some the new Didier Drogba, has really found his goal-scoring touch in the last two seasons with double figures on each occasion.

Newcastle have been strongly linked along with Bolton, whilst Marseille chairman Pape Diouf has stated his admiration for the young Frenchman.

In an interview with L'Equipe, Gomis stated he was attracted by a possible move to England - but revealed Serie A would be his preference.

"It is better to go to Italy playing than to England in a team at the bottom of the league," he said

"Anyway, I still have a lot of things to learn."

Next season

Gomis admits that he is very happy at St Etienne, particularly with coach Laurent Roussey - but he does not know whether he will be staying put or not.

"I am very happy to play for St Etienne, but I don't know if I will still be there next season," he continued.

"The coach did his best for me to stay last summer, and he has improved me a lot.

"I am very happy with him at the helm. His stay at the club will be an essential factor for my future."

Meanwhile, Senegal are ready to compete with France to cap Gomis - who is open to the idea of playing international football for either country.

"I don't have to choose between the French or Senegalese teams, as I have not been called yet," he insisted.

"The French team? It would be pretentious to ask for it, but I am not adverse to the French team."