Mexes will look for mentor
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AUXERRE'S Philippe Mexes will move to a club with a coach that can help him grow as a player - when he eventually decides to leave France.
Mexes, who is happy to remain at Auxerre despite recent rumours, remains one of the most highly-rated young defenders in the world, and is often named as a potential successor to mentor Laurent Blanc.
A series of fine displays this season have only served to build the 20-year-old's reputation, and agent Olivier Jouanneux admits the player's long term goal will be to go to a club that can help him realise his ambitions.
He said: "When he leaves there will only be three options for Philippe: Spain, Italy and England.
"He does not want to play in Germany and Auxerre's manager Guy Roux will not want to sell him to another French club.
"When Philippe went to Manchester all those years ago he was very impressed with the way he was treated by Ferguson. But that was a long time ago.
"If Auxerre decide to sell him the key thing will be the relationship with his new coach.
"He will look for a coach who can be a teacher for him and make him a better player.
"He has a lot to improve on but he has the capability to take the step up and become a key player.
"It will depend on the character of the coach and then to identify if the club is at the beginning or end of a cycle.
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"When the day comes to leave Auxerre, we will sit down with Guy Roux - who has a very honest and open relationship with Philippe and I, and I think there will be less clubs than everyone believes.
"I think there will be three or, at the most, five clubs who will be able to do this deal.
"Many of the big clubs have ageing centre backs. Blanc at Manchester, Costacurta in Milan, Aldair at Roma, Hierro in Real Madrid, and eventually they will need to replace the older people."
(Picture courtesy of Mexes' official website)