Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

Yann M’Vila has admitted that by moving to Rubin Kazan he has gone into self-imposed exile.

The talented defensive midfielder was tracked by a number of English clubs, with QPR his most serious option, but chose the surprising destination of Rubin Kazan, making the move from French outfit Rennes.

In Russia, M’Vila signed a lucrative deal that will see him earn from just under the €4M mark in his first season at the club, up to €4.8M in the final year of his four-year deal.

But that was not the reason the 22-year-old headed to Rubin Kazan, he has explained, with the chance to concentrate on his football, well away from distractions, the main attraction.


"It was a decision made very quickly", he explained to Rennes’ official site.

"I always said that I would sign for a club where the coach wanted me, not just the CEO or the president.

"I talked to the Rubin coach, his speech was convincing.

"Yes, of course this league is a surprising championship, but I do not think that it is worse than what I have experienced given that I played in France.

"I am in exile to recover my strength and to come back even stronger. I want to focus only on football, anyway, there will be no other things to do."

M’Vila clocked up 16 appearances for Rennes in Ligue 1 this season.

In Russia he will hope to help Rubin Kazan move up the Russia Premier League standings and also rejuvenate his reputation, which was damaged by indiscipline during Euro 2012 with France.

Before the summer tournament, M’Vila had been on the radar of Arsenal and Inter, in addition to a number of other sides.

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