N'Koulou staying at Marseille

Defender linked with Arsenal but happy in France

Nicolas N'Koulou: Committed to Marseille despite being flattered by speculation

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Nicolas N'Koulou has admitted it is flattering to be linked to other clubs but says he is committed to Marseille and relishing the challenge ahead this season.

The 22-year-old defender has reportedly been a target for Arsenal this summer, while Barcelona and AC Milan have also been credited with an interest.

N'Koulou is happy to attract such attention but has made it clear that he has no intention of leaving Marseille.

Paris St Germain are the favourites to win the Ligue 1 title this season after a busy summer in the transfer market but N'Koulou is looking forward to doing battle with them.

He said: "When you are a player and you are being connected with all the big clubs in the world it is flattering, but you should not lose your head. You need to work harder and have the appetite to improve yourself.

"I love Marseille and am happy to play for the biggest club in this country.

"The challenge we face today with the big spenders like PSG is fascinating.

"I am staying to test myself against the Ibrahimovics of this world."