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M'Vila reveals Premier League passion

Rennes midfield anchor and reported Premier League transfer target Yann M'Vila has revealed his admiration for English football, admitting that he loves watching what he describes as "a warrior's game".

M'Vila, 20, has been one of Ligue 1's outstanding performers so far this season, building on a promising debut campaign in 2009-10 to become an integral part of the Rennes side.

He earned his first call-up to Laurent Blanc's France squad in August and has played five of Les Bleus' past six games, with his commanding performances reportedly catching the eye of the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.

A fee in the region of £13 million could tempt Rennes into considering a sale, the same figure that the French club received from Sunderland for Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan in August.

And while M'Vila - who recently suggested "it doesn't matter when I leave [Rennes] as I feel ready for anything" - did not reveal a move to England is imminent, he claimed that his style of football would be well-suited to the Premier League.

"Which league do I watch on TV? The Premier League! It matches my game," M'Vila told L'Equipe. "It is a warrior's game, where you have to show plenty of fighting spirit.

"I like to watch Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, but also Manchester City. I'm a big fan of the English state of mind and tackling."

But despite gushing about the Premier League, M'Vila - contracted to Rennes until 2014 - stressed that he would not be happy to move to a club only to sit on their bench, insisting that his immediate future remains in France.

"You can't leave for a big club to be a substitute," M'Vila said. "I prefer to stay at my club to improve. I want to work more on the attacking aspect of my game - scoring and assisting."


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