It looked like Jefferson Lerma might be departing in the summer, but the player himself has now revealed to Gol Caracol TV that his future lies with the Cherries.
The 27-year-old has found himself a mainstay in the first-team for Scott Parker this season, with the midfielder helping the club to climb into the automatic promotion spots and potentially back to the Premier League.
With 30 Championship outings under his belt and four goal contributions, he has been crucial for the Cherries and has played a part in helping get them back to the top flight if they seal a promotion, of that there is no doubt.
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There might have been some lingering fears amongst supporters then that he could be off in the summer transfer window. That is because Valencia were reportedly keeping an eye on the player ahead of a potential move to take him to Spain.
It would have opened up fresh opportunities for him and could eventually seal him European gametime. It could be a tempting offer for the player but he has now quashed these rumours and reasserted that his future is with Bournemouth.
Lerma has claimed he is ‘happy’ with where he is to Gol Caracol TV and that could mean that even if an offer does come in for his services during the off season, he might not fancy a move away – especially if Scott Parker does manage to get them back into the Premier League.
Speaking about the interest in him then, Lerma said: “I feel happy, grateful to the club and enjoying every moment here.
“It’s totally false, the approach with Valencia, that’s the truth. My representative has not had any conversation with them.”
Jefferson Lerma then may not be heading to Spain and could instead be looking forward to the prospect of playing some top-level English football with Bournemouth.
He’s settled in nicely with the Cherries now and remains a key first-team player, even after spending four seasons with the side now. He’s been with them during their best times in the top flight and has stuck by them even when they were demoted back down to the second tier.
Now, he could once again help them get back to the big time – and that means there will be plenty of supporters who won’t want to see the back of him, regardless of where it is to.
The good news then is that it looks like he is committed to Bournemouth.