St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier attracting interest from England
St Etienne keeper Stephane Ruffier is being monitored by several clubs from England and Italy, according to his agent.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 09/04/13 12:53pm
Ruffier has impressed for St Etienne in Ligue 1 this season and has been linked with a move away from the club when the transfer window reopens.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, AC Milan and Fiorentina have been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old, and his representative says it would take a big club to lure him away from St Etienne.
Agent Patrick Glanz says his client has the ability to play for one of Europe's leading teams, but has indicated that Ruffier may not need to leave if St Etienne qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.
"There are quite a lot of clubs attracted to him, both in England and Italy, I would lie saying the contrary," Glanz told France Football.
"In France, only PSG and Monaco have the financial means to sign him. He deserves a big club.
"It is the kind of deal we had with coach Christophe Galtier. He has a lot of ambition and wants to play in a big club with a great project or play in the European Cup.
"But it could be that St Etienne still qualify for the Champions League."
St Etienne are currently third in Ligue 1, which would be good enough to enter the third qualifying round for the Champions League.