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Arsenal target finally breaks silence over his future, has ‘strong support’ from recruitment team

Arsenal target Martin Zubimendi has broken his silence over his future at Real Sociedad.

The Spaniard is considered one of the best defensive midfielders in La Liga and has been tipped to move to a bigger European club for some time now.

However, Zubimendi has repeatedly insisted he is happy at his boyhood club and reiterated the point during a recent interview with Koora (via Marca).

He said: “They are just rumours. I am happy at Real Sociedad – it is like my home.

“I cannot say that I will play my entire career at Real Sociedad, perhaps the club does not want me to continue in the future. And I do not worry about those rumours.”

Arsenal are likely to invest in a new defensive midfielder this summer, and Zubimendi is highly regarded by manager Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard has ‘strong support‘ from Arsenal’s recruitment team, but a transfer may not be easy to pull off due to his apparent desire to stay.

There is a €60 million (£52m) release clause in his contract. Even if the Gunners trigger the figure, a deal would depend on the 25-year-old’s willingness to move.

If Arsenal don’t receive the green light in the coming weeks, they could turn their attention to alternative targets. Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes could be considered.

The midfielder is keen on joining a club, but he won’t come on the cheap. He has a £100m release clause valid from May 27 to June 23.

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