Liverpool & Arsenal target open to Marseille exit

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Liverpool and Arsenal target Mathieu Valbuena has admitted that he is ready for a challenge abroad, but reiterated his commitment to Marseille until the end of the season, reports Sky Sports.

The 29-year-old playmaker has enjoyed eight seasons at the Stade Velodrome, making over 200 appearances in the process, but says the time might be right to leave the Ligue 1 club after the World Cup this summer.

"I never hide that a new challenge abroad would attract me," said Valbuena. "I am an Olympique Marseille player so far and I am proud of it. I am here for quite a long time.

"Maybe it will be the right moment to go and see something else. But it is a bit too early to talk about that.

"I want to do my very best in coming months to be ready for the World Cup. It could also be a good springboard."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had been credited with an interest in bringing the France international to the Emirates Stadium in January, while Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the attacking midfielder.

Valbuena revealed that the Premier League excites him, but is open to the prospect of playing in Germany, Italy or Spain as well.

Regardless of the competition for his signature, Liverpool, Arsenal and any other suitor, will have to wait until the end of 2013/14 before making their respective move, with the Daily Express suggesting Valbuena would be available for around £10million.

"The Premier League and Bundesliga are exciting," Valbuena added. "But I like Italy and Spain too.

"Did I ever have any opportunity to leave l'OM and go abroad? Yes, but I stayed and I don't regret it.

"L'OM made me grow and I will never forget. I will always be grateful to the club."

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