Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

Promising Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep has played down speculation he could quit the Ligue 2 club, as interest in the 21-year-old mounts.

From England, Arsenal, who are thought to have already sent a formal message of interest, are keen, along with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, while in his homeland, Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Lille are tracking the France Under-21 international.


Auxerre, who lost Yaya Sanogo to Arsenal this summer, are desperate to keep hold of Ntep – and the talent has made encouraging noises about staying put for now, despite admitting he remains ambitious to play at a higher level.

"Of course, I have the desire to play elsewhere because every player wants to play at a higher level", Ntep explained to L'Equipe.


"But I am at Auxerre, it is going well, my team-mates allow me to operate in the same way as I do with France.

"I have freedom in the game. I can express myself."

That expression has so far led to a goal-haul of three in eight Ligue 2 games for Auxerre this term, along with a further two in the Coupe de la Ligue.

On the international stage Ntep is turning heads too, scoring five goals in five games for France in their European Under-21 Championship qualification bid.

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