Posted in Sports on 25. Jul, 2012
Cazorla to Arsenal talk rejected
Reports have claimed Arsenal are ready to take advantage of the situation by snapping him up in a £20 million deal, which is £15 million less than his release clause.
Growing speculation that the Gunners have made a move for Cazorla’s services have forced Malaga to come out and maintain that they do not wish to sell their star player.
“Cazorla is not for sale, we do not talk about rumours in the press and our plans are not to even negotiate his exit,” a club source told Sky Sports.
Despite their wealthy Qatari owners, Malaga have been hit with financial issues in recent months which have seen some of their players, including Cazorla, go unpaid.
Reports also suggest that Villarreal are still owed money on the deal which took him to the club last year.
Malaga have until the end of July to resolve any such outstanding financial issues and expect to have their financial issues resolved soon.
Koscielny Signs New Arsenal Deal
The Gunners have not specified details on the deal, only describing it as “a new, long-term contract” on their official website.
“Laurent has been outstanding for us over the last two seasons,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “When you consider that until 2009 he was playing in Ligue 2 in France and that he is now performing at the very top level in the Premier League and for his country, the development that he has shown has been absolutely exceptional.”
Koscielny has been a first-team regular virtually since his £9.7 million arrival from Lorient in 2010.
Over the past two seasons no player has started more games for the Gunners in all competitions than Koscielny’s 85.
The 26-year-old has earned four caps for France, and was part of Les Bleus’ squad at Euro 2012.