Saturday, 29th December, 2012
Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has admitted that it is his dream to play for Manchester United.
The highly-rated 23-year-old has been linked with a switch to England and confirmed that over the summer he could have well ended up at Arsenal, while interest from elsewhere was provided by AC Milan.
Yanga-Mbiwa, who has also been scouted by Chelsea, recently extended his contract at the Stade de la Mosson, which was due to expire at the end of the current campaign.
However, it is thought to contain a clause which would allow for the France defender’s departure next summer for a set fee.
Which club Yanga-Mbiwa might sign for is unclear however, even if where he dreams of ending up is not, as he has admitted.
"My dream is to play in a Manchester United shirt at Old Trafford", he told France Football.
"They are without a doubt my favourite club.
"When I dream, I score the decisive goal with a header from a corner kick. It would be beautiful."
Yanga-Mbiwa’s words may well be noted by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, although he looks well stocked for defensive options at present.
The defender’s declaration could be a blow for Arsenal though, whose fans will surely take a dim view of a potential signing going on record with his love for a domestic rival.
Yanga-Mbiwa’s stock has only increased this season, with a series of fine displays in the Champions League, despite his club crashing out in the group stage.
Last year he helped Montpellier to win the Ligue 1 title.
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