Mexes in no hurry
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mexes's rapid progress is being monitored by a plethora of leading clubs in England, Italy and Spain.
The likes of Manchester United, Roma and Barcelona are all keeping a beady eye on the 20-year-old's development with Auxerre.
But though the stylish stopper is aware of the mammoth interest in his services, he has no intention of upping sticks in the near future.
"I've been told a lot of foreign clubs are watching me, which is flattering," admitted Mexes. "I had a look at Manchester United a few years ago.
"I know Roma have been out there for a long time but I don't think anything will happen yet.
"My manager (Guy Roux) doesn't want to sell me now. Anyway, I want to become a regular in the French national team and to do that I need to be playing in the French league.
"So this is an important season for me at Auxerre."
Mexes is furthering his education by playing in the Champions League this season but his long-term future lies in one of Europe's powerhouse leagues.
While Manchester United's interest in the youngster has been incessant, Mexes muses it would be a tough decision in opting for a club from either England, Italy or Spain.
"When I was 16, Alex Ferguson invited me for a trial. But then Guy Roux persuaded me I would be better off staying with Auxerre," he told the Daily Record.
"Of course, now it might be a different story if I had an offer from United.
"But I don't think there's much difference between the football they play in Spain, England and Italy.
"The difference is between the clubs. Playing for Deportivo is one thing, playing for Barcelona is something else."
Mexes also reaffirmed his desire to follow in the footsteps of The Red Devils' veteran stopper Laurent Blanc, a player he has idolised during the early stages of his career.
He added: "I think Alessandro Nesta is the best defender in the world but my hero has always been Laurent Blanc.
"He plays in the same position and always tries to play skilful football. That's the way I want to be.
"It would be terrific to be considered his successor with France."