French starlet Arsenal target admits ‘I have the desire to play elsewhere’

Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are also interested in Paul-Georges Ntep.

This summer Arsenal brought in a talented French youth international by the name of Yaya Sanogo from AJ Auxerre - who has unfortunately missed the majority of the season so far with injury.

But it seems they have not stopped looking at the French club for potential talent - especially in the striking department.

They have now turned their attentions to Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep - who is also being tracked by a number of teams in France as well as Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.

The 21-year-old has been in good form this season - scoring five goals in Ligue 2, two in the Coupe de Ligue and seven goals in ten appearances for the French Under-21 side this year.

So it really is no wonder that teams are keeping a close eye on his impressive progress.

And now the player himself has been speaking about his future - which certainly started off by giving hope to The Gunners about his future:

"Of course, I have the desire to play elsewhere because every player wants to play at a higher level..."

However he also went on to admit that he is currently happy at Auxerre - and was necessarily looking for a move right now.

"...But I am at Auxerre, it is going well, my team-mates allow me to operate in the same way as I do with France. I have freedom in the game. I can express myself."

He is just 21 so you can understand his viewpoint - and in reality, staying with Auxerre for one more season is probably good shout.

He is already on course to beat his record of eight goals from last season and if he keeps his form up could even reach the 20 goal mark.

If Arsenal like him they will keep an eye on him - through the expert eye of Gilles Grimandi and his team of French scouts, so he does not need to rush a move.

Staying seems sensible, but letting the likes of Arsenal and Spurs know that one day he would love to make the switch is also clever on his part.

He isn’t saying yes, and he isn’t saying no … he is saying maybe later.

Here is in action…

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