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After being linked with a transfer to Arsenal for some time, and more recently Liverpool, AS Saint Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he’s finally ready for a move – and he’s eying the Premier League as his next destination.
Despite not bring the tallest of players, he has progressed into a real midfield powerhouse at Saint Etienne and an invaluable player for the currently high-flying Ligue 1 outfit, who just avoided relegation in the last two seasons.
His best position is in the centre with an emphasis on breaking up the play and starting attacks. But he is adventurous enough to play further forward or on the left of midfield, while contrastly he can also be used in a holding role just in front of the defence.
Matuidi played for all of France’s youth sides, earning eight caps for the Under-18s, another eight for the Under 19s and 24 for the Under 21s
Inevitably Matuidi’s impressive displays at both club and national youth level caught the attention of senior national team coach Laurent Blanc, and he won his first cap for France in September, coming on as a substitute against Bosnia Herzegovina.
With continued progress and tutelage at a top-level club, France, and perhaps the Premier League, could well have the new Claude Makelele on their hands. (IMScouting)
Blaise Matuidi has made it abundantly clear that he is ready to leave the confines of Ligue 1 and a move to the Premier League appears on the cards with Arsene Wenger taking a keen interest in the 23 year old defensive midfielder.
The Saint-Etienne battler has been linked with a host of English clubs and is a product of the famed Clairefontaine Academy that produced the likes of Abou Diaby and Nicolas Anelka among a long list of French internationals.
Matuidi is having his best season thus far, helping last season’s relegation battlers to within six points of top spot and in sight of a surprise Champions League spot and as such has left his club with little option other than to slap on a large price tag, believed to be around £12m, and try to cash in on a player who has clearly outgrown the once dominant force in French football.