Arshavin Wants To Stay At Arsenal

Andrey Arshavin has ruled out moves to Real Madrid and Anzhi Makhachkala and pledged his future to Arsenal.

The 30-year-old failed to display his best form for Arsenal last season and has just one year remaining on his present deal.

He has held talks with the Gunners board over a 12-month extension but as yet, a deal has not been concluded.

Rumours have been circulating that the diminutive playmaker could be heading for Real Madrid, but he has steadfastly rejected that rumour.

“They are things invented on the internet,” he told the Evening Standard.

“More than one time I have said that this season I will play in Arsenal colours. I would not play for Real Madrid for all the money in the world.

“For me, Real is a complete taboo because I’m an admirer of Barcelona.”

The Russia captain has also been linked a move back to his homeland with ambitious Makhachkala.

They were taken over by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov in January, and are now trying to attract some of Europe’s stellar names to their project.

Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o has been approached about signing for the club and Arshavin also has been linked.

But he stresses they would be wasting their time if they contacted him.

He told Sport Express newspaper: “I’ve already said, and can only repeat, that this season I will be at Arsenal.

“I haven’t received any proposals from Makhachkala. I have not had any contact with the club or its representatives.”

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