Marseille midfielder Stephane Mbia has claimed that he had offers from both Manchester United and Real Madrid in the summer.
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Both Real Madrid and Manchester United made a move for Olympique de Marseille’s Stephane Mbia this summer, the Cameroonian has said in an interview with L’Equipe.
There were strong reports linking the former Stade Rennais man with a move away from the Stade Velodrome, partly because he wanted to play in the heart of defence while coach Didier Deschamps wanted to use him in the midfield, as he did on Tuesday when OM met Zilina in the Champions League.
Mbia has denied that he was at the heart of these suggestions, instead indicating that he was approached by two of Europe’s greatest names.
“I have never expressed the wish to leave OM,” the African stated. “Afterwards, clubs have approached me. The coach insisted that I stay. The fact is that I have not left for a big club like Real Madrid or Manchester [United], who approached me.”
Moreover, Mbia has confessed that Deschamps is like a father figure to him. “He’s a good guru,” the 24-year-old laughed. “I’m working even when I’m not good in my head. He sees my investment. He made me realise that mastering two positions, defence and midfield, would be a plus in my career. The coach has worked with my mind. He is like my second dad here.” (Goal.com)
Considering Stephane Mbia cost Marseille over £10million is the summer of 2009, it would have taken a substantial bid from Manchester United and Real Madrid in order for the clubs to be granted permission to speak to the player.
Real Madrid went on to sign Sami Khedira, and with Manchester United in need of a new defensive midfielder, perhaps a future move is on the cards?
Manchester United will be looking to make significant reinforcements if, as expected, they are to lose Wayne Rooney in the near future. A defensive midfielder and striker will be their priority, and a move for Mbia seems more likely after his revelations.