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Martin keen to swap Sochaux for Spain

November 9, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin has outlined his intention to leave the Ligue 1 club for Spain at the end of the season in a bid to further his career.

Marvin Martin
GettyImagesMarvin Martin wont turn his back on Sochaux

Martin, 23, signed a contract extension with Sochaux in September, but it was reportedly on the understanding that he could move on next summer and allow the club to recoup a respectable fee for him.

The France international's impressive performances for Les Lionceaux over the past 18 months have won him many admirers around Europe, with Arsenal believed to be among a number of clubs monitoring him.

But Martin insists it is La Liga and not the Premier League which is the more attractive proposition, though he admitted he would be happy to stay in France if a big club came knocking.

"This summer I intend to leave Sochaux," Martin told RMC Sport. "I really like Spain. It is a beautiful championship. But if a big French club is interested, there is no problem, I'll stay in France.

"On reflection, I think I made the right choice [signing a new contract]. The most important thing when you're young is to play. This is what I do at Sochaux."

Martin is currently on international duty with France for international friendlies against USA and Belgium.