Bayer Leverkusen midfield Lars Bender has put Arsenal’s transfer interest in him to a halt after admitting his desire to see out his current contract, Mirror reports.
The German international was part of Arsene Wenger’s shopping list in order to prepare his squad to battle for the league title next season, but he now needs to turn elsewhere in order to find strength to reinforce his midfield.
The Gunner’s boss believed that Bender would be open to move to The Emirates because of the influence of his many other German stars, such as Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, and Lukas Podolski, but that wasn’t the case.
The 25-year-old has come out to dismiss any potential transfer offers after stating his intentions to remain where he is.
He told the media: “I signed my new contract until 2019, and that should have told everyone how happy I am at Leverkusen.
“I feel settled here and see no reason to change anything. In fact, if I am to be completely honest, I haven’t had an overly brilliant season and don’t feel ready yet to take on a pivotal role at a big club somewhere else.
“I need to keep working on my game, and I am going to do that here at Leverkusen. That suits me, and I am happy with that.”