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Mbia claims Everton interest

Cameroon's Stephane Mbia
Cameroon's Stephane Mbia says Everton want to sign him

Cameroon and Rennes Stephane Mbia claims English Premier League club Everton want to sign him for US$12m.

The 22-year-old midfielder is currently on international duty in China with Cameroon at the Olympic Games.

He claims he has spoken to Everton manager David Moyes about the move, however, the club has refused to confirm Mbia's comments.

"The offer exists, it comes from Everton, I want to leave Rennes," he told French paper L'Equipe.

"I really like Pierre Dreossi, the club's [Everton] general manager, and I believe that is reciprocal," Mbia continued.

"Everton are offering me US$2.26 million a year - Rennes could never offer me that much.

"I owe everything to Rennes, my formative club. But they must understand me. In Africa, I have a family to feed. And I am very ambitious.

"Everton are a very established club in the Premier League, managed by David Moyes, a coach who puts trust in youngsters.

"I have spoken to him on the phone. He wanted to invite me to visit the club. I hadn't the time to do it."

Mbia, who can also fill in as a centre-half or a right-back, has two years left on his contract at Rennes, but he expects the club to accommodate his wishes.

"It annoys me when I hear the Rennes directors say I am going to extend my contract. I am not going to extend my contract," he said.

"Rennes must understand me. There are things you can't turn down.

"I want the directors to come to an agreement. I have confidence in that.

"I have seen that Rennes have recruited a player with the same profile as me (Kader Mangane signed from Lens this week).

"Pierre Dreossi was a player, he knows what I feel. Coach Guy Lacombe also. He must accept my decision."

see also
Mandjeck earns draw for Cameroon
07 Aug 08 |  African
Nations Cup final as it happened
10 Feb 08 |  African
Tunisia 2-3 Cameroon (aet)
04 Feb 08 |  African
Baros banned for Mbia incident
04 May 07 |  African

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