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Rio Mavuba wants London club move

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29-year old midfielder Rio Mavuba has alerted Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal by saying he wants to move to London when his time at Lille comes to an end.

The tough-tackling Lille captain has nine France caps, and has told French football magazine l'Equipe he would like to make a move to the Premier League:

"I’d like that experience of being abroad again after being abroad with Villarreal.

"I am 29 years old and have two children and I think that London would be ideal. I would much rather go to England or Spain than Germany and Italy.

"I have a contract with Lille until 2015. Meanwhile, I want to have a great season, and then we will be discussing a possible renewal."

Mavuba has spent the majority of his career in Ligue 1, with a one-season stint at Villarreal in 2007. He signed for Lille from Villarreal for a fee of €7million.

Despite only scoring four senior goals, Mavuba has earned a reputation for being a solid defensive midfielder with a high work rate and good tactical understanding.

Mavuba's father was a professional footballer for Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo), but as he was born in international waters, Mavuba does not have an official birth nationality. He has been a French citizen since 2004.

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