Rising star Martin looking for new pastures

19 July 2011 08:00

Sochaux's rising French international midfield star Marvin Marti confirmed on Tuesday that he hopes to secure a transfer away from the Ligue 1 club.

"For the moment I am still a Sochaux player, but if the right offer comes in then I would like to leave," Martin, who scored a double in a 4-1 win over Ukraine on his international debut last month, told AFP.

"I don't want to just leave for the sake of it, I want to make the right decision," he said.

"If I go, it has to be because there is a chance for me to progress as a player.

"It would be great to get the chance to move to one of France's biggest clubs, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Lille, Lyon or Marseille."

Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe had previously stated that Martin was "not for sale at any price," but while the 23-year-old is now hoping that Lacombe will change his stance, he also insists he will continue to give his all whatever happens.

"If a good offer comes in, then I would like to think that he (Lacombe) would try to help me.

"I want everything to go well, but my mindset will always remain the same. If I don't leave I will still be a Sochaux player.

"I'm not the kind of person who enjoys confrontations. Sochaux trained me as a player, and it is largely thanks to them that I am where I am today.

"I love this club and I will never be able to thank them enough."

Martin, who was the inspiration behind Sochaux's fine 2010/11 season, in which they finished fifth in Ligue 1, said that his desire to move on had nothing to do with his recent breakthrough into Laurent Blanc's France team.

"It has nothing to do with the national team. I had made my mind up before I was even called up.

"I have been at Sochaux for ten years now and for the sake of my career and progression I would like to try something new and make the step up to the next level."

Martin is currently under contract with Sochaux until 2014.

Source: AFP

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