Regardless of whether or not Brentford’s form has dipped in recent months, the goals keep on coming for Neal Maupay, who now has 13 in 18 league appearances this season.

The 22-year-old, in his second season with the Bees, has taken the Championship by storm, just behind Lewis Grabban in the top goalscorer’s list, and this has led to inevitable rumours of a departure in January.

Losing the French forward midway through the season would be a terrible blow for Brentford, but there’s good news for the Griffin Park faithful: that isn’t going to happen.

As appears customary most months, Maupay has given an interview to a French website, where he discussed a number of topics, such as the current campaign, his form and Dean Smith’s departure.

Towards the end of the interview, BeSoccer couldn’t help themselves and asked whether he was thinking about playing in the Premier League.

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He replied: “Of course, I don’t want to put up barriers. When I came to the Championship, my goal was to go up with Brentford or play in the top tier. I’m scoring goals, so there’s rumours, but I want to finish the season with Brentford, and then we’ll see.”

As for a return to France, Maupay made it clear that his preference would be to stay in England, where he’s found a new lease of life, but a lot would ‘depend on the offers’ in front of him come next summer.

Guess we’ll see what happens in June, then.