M'Vila open to Premier League return

Former Sunderland midfielder Yann M'Vila will not rule out a return to the Premier League if he leaves Saint-Etienne next month.

Saint-Etienne midfielder Yann M'Vila is not ruling out a return to the Premier League at the end of the season.

The 22-cap France international starred on loan for Sunderland in the 2015-16 season and, while his former club have since been relegated, he is open to the possibility of going back to England.

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However, M'Vila says his focus for now remains on Saint-Etienne, where he has one year remaining on his contract.

"I'm only 27 years old," he told SFR Sport. "I signed with Saint-Etienne until June 2019.

"I am very happy there and I think only about football, about being on the pitch. My agent takes care of the rest.

"I spent an amazing year in Sunderland. [The Premier League] is the best championship in the world. Why not [return to England]? Only God knows if I'll be at Saint-Etienne next season. For the moment, I do not know.

"With the board and the coach, we are dreaming of qualifying for Europe. On May 19 [after the season has finished], we can sit around a table and discuss."

Saint-Etienne are eighth in Ligue 1, just one point behind fifth-placed Rennes and a Europa League berth.