Mexes to stay at Auxerre
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The powerful young defender is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in Le Championnat along with Auxerre team-mate Djibril Cisse, and Manchester United are long-term suitors.
However, agent Jouanneaux, who had previously hinted that Mexes would not remain at Auxerre, now suggests that the defender's 'life choice' is to remain with the club that has schooled him.
"It is a life choice," Jouanneaux told Calciomanager, "and with my input he has decided to remain with Auxerre."
"He is just turned 20 and has all the time in the world to think about his future, and to consider moving to a foreign league."
The statement will be disappointing to Sir Alex Ferguson, whose long-term interest in a player often described as the new Laurent Blanc has put Manchester United in pole position to snap up the youngster.
The contest to snap up Mexes will not be straightforward, with a whole host of clubs - including Juventus and Milan, set to launch bids the moment the player becomes available.