Mathieu Flamini believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League, and the 29-year-old is prepared to come back to England this summer to resolve it after turning down a new contract at AC Milan.
The 29-year-old spent five seasons at the Italian side who he joined from Arsenal in 2008 on a free after running down his contract at the Emirates. It seems Flamini has taken a similar approach this time around, and now hopes that he can join a side with Premier League title ambitions.
“I miss England and I want to win the Premier League. It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football, and I like that every game is very open,” he said.
"When you are a competitor, what you want is to be successful. And to be successful, you want to win trophies."
Given Flamini will want first team football at a club with title ambitions, the best choice would perhaps be Arsenal, who need a defensive midfielder and look set to overhaul their squad this summer.
However that is unlikely, which leaves Flamini with a limited selection of English clubs he would be prepared to join. Manchester City do not need a player of his type given their plethora of midfield options, and Tottenham Hotspur can be safely ruled out as a destination for Flamini for a wide variety of reasons.
Chelsea and Manchester United could both use some extra tenacity and experience in their midfield, but whilst Flamini is only prepared to move to the best, is he good enough to start regularly at a top four Premier League team?
Flamini made only 18 Serie A appearances last summer, and hardly set the world alight when he was on the pitch. He might be keen to chase titles in England, but whether any teams capable of granting that wish are as keen on him is another matter altogether.
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