Arsenal to go for unhappy Mexes
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 21-year-old is currently at France's training headquarters at Clairefontaine as his nation prepare for the forthcoming Confederations Cup.
Mexes has become increasingly unsettled in recent months - in April Auxerre cancelled a new contract he had signed a few months earlier, because of claims that it had been altered by his advisors.
The young French star has now revealed that he would leave, given the choice.
"With me, if I could decide my future then I would leave," he said.
"Where would I go? I don't know, there are several options."
Arsenal look to have over taken a host of European clubs in the race for his siganture and Mexes admits a move to Highbury does appeal.
"I have heard the rumours on Arsenal, why not? Titi Henry has told me how good the club is, but I am under contract with Auxerre," he continued.
"If I must remain and begin again with Auxerre, then I will be professional like I was this season as I played until the end of the year without saying anything because I did not want to disrespect my team-mates or Guy Roux - who does nothing but keep up the interests of the club."
Mexes also talked about his contract, which is now the back to the original one, after the latest version was annulled.
"Frankly I am a little disappointed with the attitude of the club's directors with me," he commented.
"They wanted to make me sign an extension, the two parts were agreed and my agent just added a clause by which my new payments were confirmed.
"The leaders realised this after it was signed and the following day they called me and and told me to forget about it.
"This is all due to their incompetence and if it is needed I will seek justice.
"What is necessary to understand is that there is no more relation or confidence between us now."
Mexes is currently with the French national squad and he hopes he can maintain his place in the senior party.
"I will try to give my maximum," he added.
"I hope to have as much playing time as possible.
"I am quite conscious that this competition [Confederations Cup] could be a springboard to the Euro 2004 Championships and so it is necessary that I ensure my place in the blue shirt."