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£10 million midfield maestro dashes Hodgson's hopes

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Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila has ruled out following in Asamoah Gyan’s footsteps and moving to the Barclays Premier League by insisting he is happy to stay at the French club.

Gyan left Rennes in the summer to join Sunderland but 20-year-old M’Vila has admitted he is happy to see out the remaining two and a half years of his contract.

Liverpool and Aston Villa have both been linked with the holding midfielder, with Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson even flying out to France to watch him play.

The Anfield boss then watched M’Vila again when France played England at Wembley and the youngster was one of the best players on the field.

Once former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier was installed as manager of Aston Villa, he made it his priority to challenge his old employers for M’Vila’s signature, as well as bringing Karim Benzema to Villa Park.

However, Liverpool and the Villains look unlikely to bring him to England, at least for another three years as he told France Football: “I am under contract with Stade Rennais until 2014. I’ll be at Rennes next year. At the end of the season, I’ll have had two full seasons in Ligue 1.”

Liverpool’s replacement for Xabi Alonso will continue, then, while Villa will hope their central midfielders can all make quick recoveries from injury.

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