Thursday, 3rd May, 2012
Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has sent a come-and-get-me message to English giants Arsenal and Manchester United, by admitting he would love to turn out for either of the pair.
The highly rated defender has been a key man in Montpellier’s unlikely Ligue 1 title push this season and, with only three games left to play, Rene Girard’s men sit on top of the table and are on course to lift the trophy.
This feat could be tinged with sadness however, as a number of star performers such as striker Olivier Giroud and attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda are tipped to leave the Stade de la Mosson in search of greener, and more lucrative, pastures.
And with a contract that is due to expire in 2013, and having already gone on record as stating how a switch to England’s Premier League would meet with his approval, Yanga-Mbiwa is also expected to be heading to the exit door.
"Playing for Manchester United would give great satisfaction and it would mean a dream could become a reality", the 22-year-old told Canal+.
"Arsenal too are a big team", he added.
The Frenchman also held out some hope for Marseille, who could yet bid to keep him in Ligue 1.
"Marseille, despite their difficulties, remain very attractive. [But] I never thought that Marseille would be interested in me."
Yanga-Mbiwa has the opportunity to sign off his Montpellier career in style, by lifting the Ligue 1 trophy ahead of the heavily fancied Paris Saint-Germain, before embarking upon the next adventure in his career.
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