Last summer, Brice Samba decided to leave Nottingham Forest despite helping them get promoted to the Premier League, and the goalkeeper pushed for an exit, eventually getting sold to RC Lens in France, where he immediately became one of their best players.

The move paid off, as Nottingham Forest struggled against relegation for most of the campaign while the Ligue 1 side will finish second and will play in the Champions League next season.

Not only that, but Samba was also voted the best goalkeeper of the season in the league, and picked up his award on Sunday night, and, during that time, had a chat with La Voix du Nord, who asked him about his decision to leave Nottingham Forest and what happened afterwards.

He said: “No one could have imagined it, not even in my wildest dreams, ending up second in Ligue 1. Many people thought I was crazy to make this choice, but I was convinced. I had this feeling that we could do something big. I watch a lot of football, I’d seen Lens, there was potential.

“It’s a dream season. I don’t have the words. What we’ve done, it’s exceptional. I don’t even think we are realising it. Maybe we will this summer, but, either way, we’re very proud.”

As for whether the former Nottingham Forest man will be at Lens next season to play the Champions League, he replied: “I’m under contract with Lens. I hope I will be, but it’s football. The transfer market, we don’t control it. Either way, I want to be at Lens. We’ll see.”

Following his move from City Ground, Samba has made 37 league appearances for the Ligue 1 side, conceding 28 goals and keeping 15 clean sheets.