Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has played down speculation that of being swapped in a deal for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey this summer and insists he’s determined to see out the final two years of his contract at the Emirates.
Atletico have long been admirers of the 29-year-old attacker and reports in Spain suggested the Gunners tried to use this to their advantage to convince them to part with Partey in a potential part-exchange agreement.
But Lacazette, confident he remains a key part of Arteta’s plans, appears to have ruled out a move away from the north London club before next month’s deadline.
‘’If this is true, no, it does not please me,’ Lacazette told L’Equipe when asked about rumours of a swap deal involving him and Partey.
‘‘But what matters is the choice of the coach [Mikel Arteta] and his confidence.
‘’He’s the one who makes the team, not the managers upstairs in the offices, and I know I have his confidence.
‘‘I’m at Arsenal, I signed a five-year contract to progress and win titles. I have two years left. I am determined to stay.’’
At his press conference on Friday, Gunners boss played down rumours of a possible move for Lacazette and insisted the forward was still ‘really happy’ to be at Arsenal.