Arsenal and Liverpool target Mathieu Valbuena has expressed his desire to leave for a new challenge, Express reports.
Valbuena’s comments will give the Premier League duo a massive boost in their chase to sign the Marseille midfielder this summer.
The 29-year-old has been an integral part of Marseille set up for quite some time, but the side was however unable to compete with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco for the title this season.
The French club will have a change of management with Marcelo Bielsa replacing Elie Baup and it has been mooted that Valbuena is not part of the new boss’ plans.
However it seems that Frenchman is already looking for a move to advance further in his career.
“I’m the pivot in this France side and I wish I could have produced the same performances for Marseille this season,” Valbuena stated.
“I’m the first person to regret the poor season we’ve had and it has been a difficult year from a personal and a collective point of view.
“I don’t feel under pressure at Marseille. My form was pretty consistent but my performances also depend on the collective effort put in.
“I know Bielsa by name only. He’s bringing in an ambitious project. It’s been eight-years that I’ve been at Marseille now.
“People say I’m not trusted by Bielsa but that’s not true. He has his project but I haven’t discussed it with him yet.”
If negotiations between the new Marseille manager and Valbuena break down, Liverpool and Arsenal will be ready to swoop for the France international.