Capoue ready to leave Toulouse
Reported Arsenal target desperate for Champions League football
Last Updated: August 4, 2012 4:23pm
Etienne Capoue: Toulose midfielder wants to play Champions League football
Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue has revealed he wants to leave them for a club that can offer him UEFA Champions League football.
The 24-year-old is one of the most promising young players in France and is coveted by a number of Europe's leading outfits.
Capoue has spent five years at Toulouse but their failure to secure Champions League football last season and his desire to play for France has prompted this decision.
"I want to play in the Champions League, and face the best teams in the continent. Toulouse cannot offer me that this season," he told L'Equipe.
"We missed out on Europe at the end of the Championnat. Yes, I want to leave.
"It's not that I'm not happy at Toulouse, but I want to progress, pass a course and integrate as quickly as possible in the France team."
However, club president Olivier Sadran is reluctant to lose one of his best talents and suggested Capoue should stay with the Ligue 1 outfit to further develop his skills.
"For Etienne, I have not received any offers. Many big clubs think that some of our top players have yet to mature," he said.
Arsenal were linked with the midfielder earlier this summer and reports in Spain have outlined Seville's interest in the player.