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Mario Lemina wants Premier League stay with one of 'very biggest clubs'

Mario Lemina wants Premier League stay with one of 'very biggest clubs'

Manchester United and Arsenal are among the teams to have enquired after Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, who has been left out of the club's pre-season training camp in Austria.

Lemina played under the current Leeds United head coach during his spell on the south coast of France at Marseille.

Now, in a boost to both those clubs, Lemina has claimed he wants to remain in England but play at one of the "very biggest clubs". Since a year ago, I made it clear: I want to leave and go elsewhere this summer.

'The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury.

Do you not want to try to force yourself back into the starting XI? "I did it and now I'm doing very well physically". We had a long discussion when he arrived.

And by the time that I adapt to what he is looking for...

'I quite simply told myself that I would do two years at Southampton, and then go to another level. I had an agreement with the Sporting Director. I chose to tell the leaders that I wanted to leave, there is no turning back. "If I don't feel good in this project, I can leave", he had said.

"I still have another three years of contract [at Southampton]".

"I'm not afraid. I made a choice and I take it to the end. I stand by my plan, I made a decision to tell the leaders that I wanted to leave, there is no turning back", Lemina explained.

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"There is a risk, of course, but I know what I'm capable of".

"Some clubs may be more cautious, but they already know me".

"It allowed me to be ready when I arrived at Juventus, where I had to focus on the defensive aspect [of the game], the tactics".

On whether he wants to stay in the Premier League, he continued: "Certainly it is an exceptionally interesting league".

"The best option for me would be to stay [in the Premier League], but I do not close the door to any club, no country".

"Today, after four months of injury, I am not targeting anything in particular". I had chosen to leave Juventus for Southampton to have more playing time, I got it.

"I need to play!" That is genuinely my priority.

"I want to show everyone what I can do".