Lille forward Salomon Kalou has ruled out the possibility of a January move back to the Premier League after Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham were linked with a move.
The Ivory Coast international left Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 after winning the Champions League with the Blues and has enjoyed an impressive first half to the current campaign having found the back of the net on eight occasions so far.
Kalou's impressive form has seen him linked with a move back to the Premier League, with clubs who are looking to boost their forward options being credited with keen interest. In an effort to deflect such speculation, Lille president Michel Seydoux recently suggested a fee of €87m might be enough to convince the club to part ways with the player.
The 28-year-old has since sided with Seydoux, suggesting a move half way through what has been a successful season for both him and the club is not in his best interests but did not rule out a return later down the line.
"I'm happy here. Why change clubs mid-season," Kalou told French newspaper Le Parisien.
"We started well and I would like to continue until the end. We have a state of mind which I will not find anywhere else. But then, in football, you can never predict anything."
Kalou, who spent six years at Stamford Bridge, found himself linked with a move to Arsenal who are looking to bring another forward to the club this month to supplement the loss of Theo Walcott to injury.
The Ivorian's endured a fairly indifferent first season in France and as a result was on the brink of a move to West Ham United during the summer transfer window. However Kalou has enjoyed a reversal of fortunes at Lille this season, now playing an integral role at the club who sit third in Ligue 1, seven points off leaders Paris Saint Germain.