Blanc ponders as Mexes waits in wings
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Although Sir Alex Ferguson faces a tremendous battle with other top clubs vying for Auxerre youngster Mexes's signature, the opportunity to replace his idol Blanc at Old Trafford appeals to the classy centre back.
"The advantage is that I have always played in the libero position," stated Mexes.
"That is rather rare. Look at Laurent Blanc. He took his first steps as an attacking midfielder.
"He moved back during his professional career. Indeed, I do not quote The President's name by chance as I admire him.
"I often tried to analyse his play and imitate it.
"If I met him today, perhaps I would ask him for an autograph. Blanc is a sportsman but also such a human reference.
"His idea to organise a match in favour of the disaster victims did not surprise me.
"Five years ago, Alex Ferguson proposed that I visit the facilities at United. I did not refuse such an invitation.
"I went to the ground. But, take attention, no contract binds me to Manchester!
"Currently, only the results of Auxerre interest me."
Blanc, meanwhile, seems in no hurry to abdicate yet, even though he had planned to hang up his boots at the end of last season.
The veteran Frenchman has been in impressive form this term, and desperately wants to win something with United.
"I was thinking that, by now, I would have been smoking a cigarette and going fishing, but here I am still playing big games in the Champions League with United," he revealed.
"So you can never say something will happen for definite.
"I stayed on firstly because I was asked and also because United are among the best clubs in the world.
"I was also disappointed and upset, to put it mildly, we didn't win a title last season."