Mandanda welcomes United talk

French shot-stopper dreaming of Prem move

Mandanda: Dreaming of Prem move

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Marseille's France international Steve Mandanda has welcomed reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.

The 25-year-old DR Congo-born shot-stopper has been mentioned as a possible long-term successor to stalwart Edwin van der Sar.

Mandanda is certain to make France's World Cup squad this summer, although Hugo Loris is expected to be Raymond Domenech's first choice goalkeeper.

The ex-Le Havre man, who is on a long-term deal with l'OM, has confirmed his dream is to one day play in England's Premier League.

Next season

"Naturally I should be staying in Marseille next season but you never know," he told JDD Newspaper.

"I've not had any contact with any club but all know my dream is to play in the Premier League.

"I've heard Manchester United are looking for a goalkeeper. My name isn't on their list, but you never know."

New deal

Meanwhile, Elinton Andrade has signed a new two-year contract with the Ligue 1 table-toppers.

The Brazilian goalkeeper, Mandanda's deputy, has appeared in four matches since arriving last summer, and has done enough to earn himself a new deal.

His only league appearance came when he started in the 5-1 win over Valenciennes in February.