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According to the Mirror‘s James Nursey, he said: “I love the Premier League. I really like the Premier League, this is where I started at a good level. I had a great time there. I don’’t know what is going to happen in the future. I am fine at Sevilla, I feel good. I am used to it now. It is my third season so I am happy.”
The Frenchman impressed during his time in the English top flight, and he has blossomed into an even stronger player in Spain, combining his physicality with technical ability.
Squawka Football shared the numbers behind an outstanding campaign last year:
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Steven N’Zonzi in LaLiga in 2016/17: 89.8% pass accuracy 75.7% aerial duels won 70.1% tackles won 66.7% take-ons Midfield general. 👊 https://t.co/3bC7d9TQmc
What’s more, despite his comments, he was reportedly open to leaving the club in the summer, per beIN Sports’ David Cartlidge:
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N’Zonzi’s people just confirmed the player wants to leave Sevilla. Clause is €40m on a contract until 2020.
In today’s market, such a release clause is quite reasonable, even for a player of 28, and it is certainly achievable for the Premier League’s top clubs.
Despite their efforts to bring in the likes of Granit Xhaka, Arsenal still need strength in their spine, and N’Zonzi would provide that while offering much-needed protection in front of the defence.
City could also use a solid presence at the base of their midfield to give Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva licence to push forward and create. Fernandinho has done well in that role, but the Brazilian is now 32.
United have cover in this position thanks to Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, and they’re more in need of creativity, something they often lack when Paul Pogba is absent.
N’Zonzi is an excellent player with extensive Premier League experience, and he’s also garnered experience in winning silverware after helping Sevilla to the UEFA Europa League in 2016.
He’s capable of playing at an even higher level, and he’d make an excellent buy for a number of the Premier League’s elite.