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Arsenal & Liverpool target will leave Marseille after World Cup

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Arsenal and Liverpool target Mathieu Valbuena has confirmed that he'll leave Marseille at the end of the season, but is unwilling to negotiate a transfer until after the World Cup this summer, reports talkSPORT.

The 29-year-old playmaker has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, having attracted admiring glances from a number of potential suitors.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing Valbuena to the Emirates Stadium, while Brendan Rodgers is also understood to be an admirer of the France international, and is weighing up a bid to lure him to Anfield when the transfer window reopens.

Earlier this week, interim Marseille head coach Jose Anigo intimated that the playmaker would be allowed to leave Stade Vélodrome for the right price, and now Valbuena has gone one step further and revealed that 2013/14 will be his last season with the Ligue 1 outfit.

"I can only say that this is my final season here, but I do not want to talk about my future," he told Le 10 Sport.

"Now I want to make the best [season] possible with Marseille and my dream is to play in the World Cup in Brazil. Afterwards we will see."

Valbuena has spent the past eight seasons with Marseille, during which time he has established himself as one of the most consistent creative midfielders in all of France.

Arsenal and Liverpool would both do well to secure his signature, and look likely to do battle for the in-demand player's services ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

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