The manager of purported Liverpool and Arsenal target Yann M'Vila has confirmed the midfielder will leave Rennes in the summer.
M'Vila, 21, was strongly linked with Arsenal and Liverpool during the summer and Arsene Wenger reportedly had a club record bid rejected for the defensive midfielder last August.
Nevertheless, Arsenal and Liverpool will be monitoring the midfielder's situation after Rennes boss Frederic Antonetti confirmed the player would be sold at the end of the current campaign.
"Yann M'Vila won't be a Stade Rennais player next season," Antonetti is quoted in the Daily Mail.
M'Vila, who has played 27 games this season at the base of the Rennes midfield, revealed in December that he benefitted from turning down a move to the Premier League last summer.
The highly rated France international, who has earned the nickname the pit-bull because of his robust tackling and tenacious industry, was strongly linked with Arsenal and Liverpool towards the end of last season.
The 21-year-old powerhouse, who would appear to be the ideal candidate to add some much needed tenacity to Manchester United's much maligned midfield, or provide the energy and dynamism currently lacking from Liverpool's engine-room following the injury sustained by Lucas Leiva, believes many players in his position would have angled for a move to Arsenal or one of their aforementioned rivals. The Frenchman, however, suggests the financial repercussions of transferring to Anfield, Old Trafford or the Emirates would pale into insignificance if he lost his place in Laurent Blanc's international setup.
The reputed Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal target has emerged as key performer for France since making his debut and the tough-tackling midfielder intimates a move to one of the Premier League's elite clubs may have hampered his international development.
In recent weeks both Manchester United and Arsenal have been credited as admirers with M'Vila again, alongside La Liga giants Real Madrid, but the youngster is adamant he will only leave Rennes when he is confident that he has the capacity to be a mainstay for any of his aforementioned suitors.
When asked directly about interest from his three Premier League suitors Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, M'Vila told FourFourTwo Magazine: "By staying, I'm in control of how I progress.
"I wouldn't have looked very clever if I was sitting on the bench of a big club and no longer in the national team.
"I don't want to mess around and be a flop. A lot of people at my age would have given priority to the financial aspect and gone abroad." The Rennes midfielder continued when discussing the possibility of moving to one of his rumoured suitors like Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
"I don't want to burn myself straight away. The day I leave is when I'm totally sure in my head. It will be my career, my destiny, my path."