A reported target for Premier League side Arsenal, Mathieu Coutadeur has stated that he knows where he will be plying his trade next year, but he is keeping his cards close to his chest over his future destination as his present employers, Le Mans, have not agreed a fee for him as yet.
Coutadeur has earned his spurs at the Stade Leon-Bollee, where he grew through les Mucistes’ youth ranks, chalking up a victory in the Coupe Gambardella, a prestigious cup competition in France for young sides.
“I have already agreed teams with a club, but this is not the case with Le Mans, who have yet to agree compensation,” he announced in L’Equipe. “I am not the master of my own destiny. I hope the president will not prove to be too greedy and he does not block me.”
Le Mans president Henri Legarda has already announced that he does not want his side to shed as many key players as the club did last summer, when the likes of Daisuke Matsui, Stephane Sessegnon, Romaric, Marko Basa and Hassan Yebda were all lost, decimating the squad.
With goalkeeper Yohann Pele having announced his intention to leave the club on a free transfer – he is expected to be confirmed as Toulouse’s custodian in the coming hours – it is unlikely that Coutadeur will prove a bargain acquisition for whichever club he has agreed a move to.
Since signing a professional contract with MUC72 in 2006, the central midfielder has featured on exactly 100 occasions in league play for the Sarthe outfit, scoring six goals in the process. But his strength does not lie in finding the net, rather he acts best as a deep-lying playmaker, who is able to dictate the flow of the game using a variety of passes. In addition, he also boasts a threat from deadball situations, scoring directly from a corner kick against Valenciennes last season.
Although Arsenal have been reportedly interested in his services in the past, Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux have also cast their eyes over the central player.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com