French starlet Paul Georges-Ntep has made it clear recently that he is on his way from Auxerre in January.
The player has been heavily linked with Arsenal and player himself has acknowledged that interest in the French press:
“Arsenal is a club that appeals to any player. This is a club that relies on young people. After that it’s always the same question – it depends on the project. Arsenal, yes, but to do what? If this is a club that I am going to sit on the bench, then where is the progression? I’m not saying I want to go to a big club to start immediately but at least that can happen in the medium term.”
And if you wanted any confirmation that he was on his way from the club - he made it clear recently. On the 13th December Auxerre beat Niort 2-0 - with Ntep hitting the back of the net. It was Auxerre’s last game at their Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps of 2013 - with the next game at home not coming until the 9th January.
And after celebrating his goal he posted a picture on Instagram - and he left the message accompanying it as…
“Last match at the Abbe Dechamps.”
This seems like an obvious goodbye to his adoring fans - and Arsene Wenger recently sang his praises?
“Paul Georges Ntep has the potential to have a great future. Whether he will or not all depends on his mind."
But PSG have also been linked recently. However his agent Jennifer Mendelewitch has ruled out a move, and cited Ryan Giggs in doing so…
“Everyone dreams of a scheme like Ryan Giggs, who has spent his entire career at Manchester United, but today it no longer exists. And this is normal in terms of progression, there is always a time when the young must cross a plateau. And he cannot always do so in his first club. After, you must choose the right solution. The big clubs are fine, but if it is to go waxing the bench...On Ntep, I'm not sure that replacing meet in Paris is the best solution for him. I do not know but the problem PSG, is that it is not Laurent Blanc who made his recruitment. The player must be aware and have all the cards in his hand before making a decision. We must let him know that it will ask a lot of work.”
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