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M'Vila rules out January move

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Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has confirmed he's staying at the Ligue 1 side, amid continued interest from Arsenal.

While interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool has been reported, Arsenal's interest has been the most persistent.

The Gunners made a £22 million bid for M'Vila at the back end of the summer transfer window, with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri having left the club earlier that summer.

But M'Vila's agent Tim Hager said: "Yann is happy in Rennes. I have checked with the club and they have assured me there is no intention to sell him.

"At the end of the season we will talk about his future. He is a player that has been admired for a long time."

Despite bringing Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta to the club, Arsenal have again been linked with the Frenchman, who stated in November he wanted to leave Rennes, but prior to next summer's European Championships.

It now appears Arsene Wenger will have to wait until after the summer finals to sign M'Vila, who is under contract until 2015.

Without Jack Wilshere, About Diaby and Mikel Arteta, Arsenal limped to defeat against Manchester United on Sunday, and their stretched midfield options may have to be added too if they want to keep pace in the race for the top four.

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