Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia has admitted that he is pleased to hear of interest from European power houses Chelsea and Real Madrid as he considers his future.
The Gunners were one of the first teams to be linked with a possible summer bid for the French youngster after Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest in the player back in April.
Kondogbia impressed with a series of powerful displays for Sevilla last season, making 31 league appearances in his debut campaign in Spain after moving to the club from Lens.
The 20 year old has been a regular for France at various youth levels and is currently out in Turkey as part of the squad for the Under-20 World Cup.
Despite Arsenal reportedly chasing his signature it seems as though Kongobia is only aware of interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea. He admits that he is happy to be linked with these two clubs but made it clear he will only consider his future once he returns from the Under-20 World Cup.
"I am flattered to be linked with Real Madrid," said Kondogbia, as reported on Sky Sports. "They are a top club, but Sevilla are fantastic for me at the moment.
"Chelsea are also a great team with a great manager, so let's wait and see what will happen after the World Cup."
Kondogbia may be young and relatively inexperienced but he has a commanding presence thanks to his 6ft 3" stature and his powerful build. As a defensive midfielder he had been strongly linked with Arsenal because of their recent struggles in filling that position after the departure of Alex Song.
While Arsenal would undoubtedly like to sign the Sevilla midfielder, it seems they will have plenty of competition from London rivals Chelsea who are also keen to build after reappointing Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho will certainly know the player well from his time in Spain, and should he decide to pursue the midfielder, then he would be desperate to stop his former club Real Madrid signing the hugely talented youngster.