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Guillermo Ochoa keeping options open

AC Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will consider offers from 'several' different countries in the summer.

AC Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will consider offers from ‘several’ different countries in the summer.

The Mexico international, whose current contract at the Stade François Coty expires at the end of the season, has previously claimed he has an offer from Italian giants AC Milan and will not be short of potential suitors after World Cup.

The highly-rated 28-year-old has been a standout performer for Ajaccio over the past two seasons but his efforts will not keep L’ours in Ligue 1 next term.

Ajaccio (3-11-19) have won just 20 points from their first 33 league fixtures this term and are a whopping 15 points from safety with just five matches remaining in 2013/14.

With his club planning for life in Ligue 2 next season, Ochoa is looking to take his talents elsewhere, with a summer move to the English Premier League or the Italian Serie A a possibility.

“I am evaluating several offers from different countries,” confirmed Ochoa.

“I have been in France for three years and I like the way in which this league has evolved, but I would also want to try elsewhere.

“At the moment I have no agreements with any team and I am willing to listen to all the proposals to make the best decision possible.

“My agent is dealing with everything and I do not exclude a future in Italy and England.”

Ochoa, who has started 32 league matches for Ajaccio this term, is priced at 200/1 to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with Mexico.

Matty James happy with decision to quit Man Utd

Former England youth international midfielder Matty James has admitted it was very difficult for him to leave Manchester United for Leicester City in 2012.

James, 22, was offered a new deal at Old Trafford two years ago but instead opted to join Championship side Leicester for regular first-team football.

The 22-year-old is now looking forward to plying his trade in England’s top-flight, and rightfully so.

“It was a difficult decision,” James told the Leicester Mercury. “I was coming off the back of quite a bad injury and I didn’t know where my future lay.

“United offered me a contract but it wasn’t enough in terms of security. I was a little nervous about staying.

“I spoke to my family, because we knew Leicester were interested. It is a club with great ambition and tradition, fantastic support and I knew it was a Premier League club in the making. It was just a question of how long it would take.

“I knew it wouldn’t take long and I thought it was going to be last season.

“I knew when I signed here I could give it a really good go and the dream has come true. It will be a little weird to run out at Old Trafford next season.

“It was always my dream to run out as a United player, but now to run out as a Premier League player will be amazing.

“It will be a great day for all my family and I am sure it will be for all the lads here as well.”

Leicester (27-9-6) — priced at 1/50 to win the Championship — have already secured promotion and are currently seven points clear of second-placed Burnley with six league fixtures remaining on schedule.

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