Yann M'Vila admits he is glad he spurned the rumoured advances from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the summer because he feels his career has benefited from remaining at Rennes.
The highly rated France international, who has earned the nickname the pitbull because of his tenacious industry, was strongly linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool during the summer, and Arsene Wenger reportedly had a club record bid rejected for the defensive midfielder in the latter stages of the last transfer window.
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."
While Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked, M'Vila's Rennes teammate Kader Mangane recently suggested Arsenal or Real Madrid were a more likely destination for the France talisman.
"I don't think he will leave in January but I think he will join Real Madrid or Arsenal next summer." Mangane told Goal.com last month.
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