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Capoue flattered by interest

French midfielder happy at Toulouse

By Giscard Gourizro.   Last Updated: 23/02/09 10:38am

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Capoue: Learning his trade

Capoue: Learning his trade

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Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue is delighted to be attracting attention from England.

The France U21 international has regularly caught the eye in Ligue 1 this season, with Liverpool and Arsenal believed to be tracking his progress.

Capoue has been a revelation since being converted from a ball-playing centre-half into an all-action holding midfielder.

He admits to being flattered at the reported interest he is generating in the Premier League, but believes his development would be better served in France at present.

"It is good to be linked with prestigious clubs, but I have only just started in the top division in France and I need to prove myself before moving abroad," Capoue told

"I will not lose any sleep over it. I am very down to earth and I will continue to work hard and have more good games for Toulouse.

"Our squad is fantastic, we get on well, and we want to make a name for ourselves.

"However, I do like English football, I watch it a lot, and I also like the Spanish Liga. Maybe one day I will play there, who knows?"


Meanwhile, aware of the mounting interest in their top talents, Toulouse have moved to tie down three of their hottest prospects.

Teenage midfielder Moussa Sissoko, France U21 international Cheick M'Bengue and 23-year-old defender Mohamed Fofana have all penned new deals that will keep them at the club until 2012.

Sissoko is delighted to have resolved any doubt surrounding his future, insisting he has no desire to take on a new challenge abroad any time soon.

"I have to learn my trade here," said the 19-year-old.

"I like the Premier League, but I am in no hurry to get there. There will be time for that in the future.

"At the moment I am trying to do my best in the French top-flight."

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