He'll be better than Vieira! Desailly urges Arsenal to sign French star M'Vila at any cost
10:42 GMT, 4 April 2012
Marcel Desailly has urged Arsenal to sign French sensation Yann M'Vila at any price because he will be 'better even than Patrick Vieira'.
The Rennes star believes money should be no object in the Gunners' pursuit of the 21-year-old midfielder.
The World Cup winner is certain M'Vila will be able to become the best midfielder in the world if he can play in the Premier League.
Talent: Marcel Desailly believes Yann M'Vila (right) will be better than Patrick Vieira
'I would just say that if I was the chairman of a Premier League club I would just close my eyes and put the figure on the cheque to get him,' Desailly told Goal.com.
'Because he is really the future. The talent is there. It is obvious.'
Desailly's comparison of the midfielder to one of Arsenal's greatest players will excite fans of the north London club – but the former Chelsea captain believes he has a little to learn before he can overtake Vieira.
'He is doing too much on the field,' he said. 'He is defending and trying also to create and make the difference up the field. He has to reduce his commitment up the field.
Claim: Marcel Desailly (left) believes M'Vila will be better than Patrick Vieira
'He is a defensive midfielder. If you defend very well anything extra you do is fine. First of all, stick on one thing – defending very well and passing very quickly to the offensive players.
'Once he will have understood that you will see he is the best midfielder – better even than Patrick Vieira.'
Arsenal are not the only club linked with M'Vila, and Desailly thinks that he could also be nurtured into a world-beater at Manchester United.
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'Arsenal is probably a stable club where he can have a bit of time or [Manchester] United where he has time to assimilate the changing of clubs and start slowly to perform,' added Desailly.
'He needs to come to the Barclays Premier League. We want him in this competition because it is the best, first of all, and he can really develop his skills. It is for players who like to play with tempo.
'You can see by the way he gets the ball, control and passes straight away. Long ball, short ball. He has that sort of rhythm that the Barclays Premier League is demanding.'
Improvement: Desailly thinks when M'Vila concentrates on just being a defensive midfielder he will get even better
Arsenal scouts watched the youngster during Rennes' draw with Lyon on Sunday and the club will be encouraged by his desire to move to the Emirates.
The 22million-rated French international told Canal+: 'Inter, Arsenal, Real … I will take the fun everywhere!
'These are great clubs.
'If the coach calls you and tells you he wants you to make you play, especially a French coach, it changes everything.
'The important thing for me is getting playing time for the France team.'