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Spurs no longer interested in M'Vila

August 18, 2012
By ESPN staff

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila.

France's Yann M'Vila limps off against Serbia
GettyImagesFrance's Yann M'Vila limps off against Serbia

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M'Vila, 22, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham both said to be keen on his signature.

Should Rennes identify a replacement it has been suggested the club could let M'Vila leave the club for a fee in the region of £15 million.

Spurs, though, are out of the running for the France international's signature, after Villas-Boas outlined the club's intentions to sign a more forward-thinking midfielder.

He told L'Equipe: "He is an interesting player, but I don't think he will join Tottenham. He is a rather defensive player, but I don't think he will join Tottenham.

"We are looking for a more creative player. I won't lie. There was an interest from us in that player, but now we are looking at different options."