Premier League: Former Sunderland loanee Yann M’Vila refuses to rule out return to the Premier League

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  • Yann M’Vila has featured regularly since signing for Saint-Etienne
  • The midfielder was on loan at Sunderland in the 2015/16 season
  • M’Vila has just over a year remaining on his current deal at Saint-Etienne 

Saint-Etienne midfielder Yann M’Vila has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League this summer.

The Frenchman has just over a year remaining on his current deal at Saint-Etienne having joined the club from Rubin Kazan in January.

M’Vila had a spell in England during the 2015/16 season when he was on loan at Sunderland and he claimed that the Premier League ‘is the best championship in the world’. 

Although he is settled at Saint-Etienne at present, M’Vila admitted that he is enticed by the possibility of coming back to the English top flight. 

‘I’m only 27 years old,’ he told SFR Sport.

‘I signed with Saint-Etienne until June 2019. 

‘I am very happy there and I think only about football, about being on the pitch. My agent takes care of the rest. 

‘I spent an amazing year in Sunderland. [The Premier League] is the best championship in the world. Why not [return to England]? Only God knows if I’ll be at Saint-Etienne next season. For the moment, I do not know.


2007-2013: Rennes 

2013-2018: Rubin Kazan

2014-2015: Inter Milan (loan)

2015-2016: Sunderland (loan)

2018- present: Saint-Etienne 

‘With the board and the coach, we are dreaming of qualifying for Europe. On May 19 [after the season has finished], we can sit around a table and discuss.’

Earmarked for a very bright future as a youngster, M’Vila has been unable to fulfil his vast potential so far, as demonstrated by the fact that he hasn’t represented France since 2012.

Efficient at breaking up play, M’Vila is also capable of playing short, snappy passes to his team-mates with ease.

Saint-Etienne are currently in eighth place in Ligue 1, with M’Vila having featured prominently since joining the club.


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