Arsenal fan Ciani talks up Premier League move

Date published: Thursday 8th September 2016 8:17

Michael Ciani (r): Wants Arsenal move

Michael Ciani (r): Wants Arsenal move

Former Espanyol defender Michael Ciani has touted himself for a move to the Premier League with Arsenal his preferred club of choice.

The 32-year-old centre-back saw his contract cancelled by the La Liga club last month and he has issued a come-and-get-me plea to the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger is though unlikely to have an interest in the former Lazio and Bordeaux man having signed Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi for £34.85million last month.

Still that has not stopped the advances of Ciani, who has been talking himself up for a move to the Premier League.

“I like the football in England, the mentality. I like everything,” Ciani told Goal. “I have the physique to play there. I loved Arsenal growing up and always wanted to play in England so I think it is my time to play there.

“Thierry Henry was my favourite player in the Premier League. I was watching him in every game and he was so good at Arsenal.

“I have just left Espanyol and now I am looking for a good challenge, a new one. I would like to play in England so I am waiting for a proposition. The objective is to come to England but if I have a tempting offer from France, then why not?”

Frenchman Ciani, who is training with his old club Lorient was urged to stay at the club, but the defender is desperate to play first-team football.

He added: “I think I deserved a better chance, I was ready. I know that the coach wanted me to play this season but also to make me wait on the bench. I preferred to cancel my contract and take my opportunity to leave.

“I am training with Lorient, I know the coach and I want to keep fit. I need to play, I need to be on the pitch every game to show what I can do.”

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