Sevilla have reportedly decided not to sign Queens Park Rangers midfielder Stephane M’bia.
In the latest press conference in Seville, club sporting director Ramon Rodriguez has told reporters that on-loan Queens Park Rangers midfielder Stephane M’Bia will not be returning to the club next season.
The 28-year-old has spent the past season on loan at Sevilla, joining the club following QPR’s relegation from the Premier League in 2013.
The defensive midfielder went on to make 30 appearances for the Spanish outfit in all competitions, helping the club finish fifth in La Liga and triumphing in the Europa League.
His performances garnered much praise, and when it became apparent that he would walk away from QPR at the end of his contract this summer, many had predicted that he would move to Sevilla permanently.
M’bia, however, has publicly announced his ambition to play for a Champions League team next season, suggesting that he'd love to play under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
“I would like to play in the Champions League. I feel honoured to be a part of Sevilla’s Europa League project, but I want to step up and win something more important like the Champions League.” He said, quoted by the Spanish press El Desmarque.
“My dream is to be coached by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and hopefully one day that will become a reality.”
His interest and ambition in playing in Europe's top competition has therefore led Sevilla to pull out of a potential deal, with the club instead set to move on to other targets.
As for M'bia, whilst turning his back on Sevilla could see him lose European football altogether next season, his reputation in England holds in tact and there is sure to be a number of Premier League clubs eyeing up his signature this summer.