France midfielder Yann M’Vila has shelved thoughts of a possible move to the English Premier League until after Euro 2012.
The Stade Rennais holding player has been heavily linked with a move to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, while his France colleague Laurent Koscielny has encouraged the 21-year-old to join him in north London next season.
But M’Vila, who is expected to play a key role to play for Laurent Blanc’s team in Poland and Ukraine, will not allow the speculation surrounding his future to distract him ahead of the UEFA showcase.
“My present at the moment is France,” he told Goal.com.
“After the Euros we will see what happens with my future. There are many options open and I still don’t know what will happen.
“We will have to talk about everything in a relaxed way but I don’t think my signing for another club will depend on what happens in the Euros.
“Do I like the Premier League? Who doesn’t?”
Typically playing in a defensive midfield role, the press have been quick to relate the Arsenal target’s style to Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele.
Although the 21-year-old is pleased to be mentioned alongside such icons, he insisted he will not let the comments define him.
“People have compared me to Makelele and Vieira, and I take that as a big compliment,” M’Vila said.
“There are big names in the French national team, but I am M’Vila, I have my own style and I hope people will recognise that more from now on.
“I don’t consider myself the brain of the French team because I have just arrived and that would mean incredible pressure in a tournament like the Euros.
“But I am not scared by challenges and my mission will be to help the team, obeying what my coach asks of me. I know my limitations and that my team-mates will have to help me.”
M’Vila hopes his first assignment with France at Euro 2012 will be a meeting with England on June 11, but an ankle injury may yet rule him out of the Group D opener.
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