United and Arsenal target admits 'hunger for titles'

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Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena has admitted the prospect of playing in England is 'very interesting' alerting the interest of Arsenal and Manchester United.

The 26-year-old diminutive playmaker has turned in a series of scintillating performances in Ligue 1 this season, and has been widely tipped for a summer switch to the Barclays Premier League.

Marseille say they are yet to receive any formal offer for Valbuena but admit they may find it difficult to keep hold of their prized possession after the player cited an ambition to play for a bigger club.

"I feel good in Marseille, and the day I leave will be a blow to my heart," he said.

"I have a contract until 2015 and I am very happy here, but I am also ambitious and hungry for titles.


"I am very attracted to Spanish football, which to me is the best in the world. But the leagues in England and Germany are very interesting [as well]."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his squad at the Emirates Stadium this summer, and having lost out to Manchester United for the services of Phil Jones, the Gunners will be determined not to let another target slip through the net.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also in the market for a central midfield addition to replace the retiring Paul Scholes who called time on his illustrious Old Trafford career following Manchester United's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United have aspirations of challenging for the title again next year, and will be boosted by not only the addition of Valbuena, but also the prospect of getting one over on their rivals ahead of the new campaign.

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