Mavuba hints at Bordeaux exit
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rio Mavuba has told Bordeaux he requires Champions League football next season.
Bordeaux star Rio Mavuba has hinted he could be prepared to leave the club in the summer if they fail to secure UEFA Champions League football.
The midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester United and Juventus in January and is likely to attract renewed speculation at the end of the season as he remains one of Ligue 1's most desirable players.
Bordeaux are currently four points shy of third-placed Lens in the French league, and Mavuba has put his suitors on red alert by admitting he requires Champions League football at this stage in his career.
"Today it is a little early to talk about my future," Mavuba told L'Equipe. "For me it is more important that Bordeaux qualify.
"There has been no talk with the club. I am under contract until 2009 and it will all depend on our final ranking.
"I have to play in the Champions League and no-one can say if I will leave. I know at a certain time it will be the right moment to go away.
"We will take stock at the end of the season, but obviously the season's scenario has become more exciting so there is less of an emergency."
Meanwhile, Bordeaux have handed a professional contract to 16-year-old starlet Henri Saivet.
The striker has already featured for the club's reserves and has reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea and Tottenham.