Mexes settles Auxerre dispute
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French international is one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe and has been the subject of persistent speculation regarding his future.
Roma had been favourites to secure his signature and a wrangle with Auxerre over his contract appeared to signal his exit from Stade Abbe Deschamps.
Mexes had signed a contract extension to keep him at Auxerre until 2006 but the club decided to renege on this agreement.
The young centre half decided to appeal against the decision but a compromise has now been reached and the case dropped.
The 21-year-old is happy to have resolved the issue and is now focused on his Auxerre career.
"I feel released because I wanted to play in good conditions, with a better state of mind, a better atmosphere," Mexes told L'Equipe. "I feel more at ease.
"There was no more reason to appeal against the club as they accepted the signature. I didn't ask for anything else but for what they had signed."
Mexes also hinted he will consider moving on to a bigger stage next summer but, for now, is concentrating on improving his standing in Le Championnat.
He added: "At first, I want to see how I will play this season. I will do my best to improve.
"Then, my aim will be to see greater and play in the Champions League every year, in a greater club."