Medjani out to impress at Valenciennes

Published On 06/02/2014 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Europe, Latest News, Ligue 1, Maghreb, Top Stories, World Cup 2014

Algerian international defender Carl Medjani is eager to impress at Valenciennes to boost him chances of going to Brazil this summer.

The 28-year-old Algerian previously on loan at Greek champions Olympiakos joined the French side from parent club Monaco until the end of the season and is eager to impress.

“I came to Valenciennes because I want to enjoy regular football this year and I hope to make a big impact.” he told BBC Sport.

“The big plan is to help the club stay in Ligue and to stay fit so I can play for my country at the World Cup in Brazil.”

The former Liverpool youngster decided against staying at Monaco in order to gain more playing time and experience in the French top flight.

“I’m proud of Monaco but I think I need more experience to play in a big club because they bought big defenders like Ricardo Carlvalho and Eric Abidal,” he said.

“It’s unwise to stay in Monaco so I chose Valenciennes to remain in France and gain more experience by playing regularly in this league.”

Medjani will be looking to cement his place in the Algerian squad after failing to make an appearance in South Africa.

“I was in South Africa for my first World Cup but I was on the bench. This time I have a lot of motivation to arrive in Brazil with ambitions.” he said.

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