Arsenal’s hopes of re-signing Carlos Vela this summer look bleak, with the striker’s Real Sociedad team-mate Antoine Griezmann having let slip that the Mexican may well be staying put.
The Gunners have been linked with a move to trigger a £3.2m buy-back clause they have for the pacey forward, whom they only sold to the La Liga side on a full basis in 2012.
Various reports have hinted that Vela is considered as a player who would have a future at the Emirates Stadium, while others have indicated that it may be a stunt aimed at selling him on quickly to make a profit.
Either way, Griezmann has suggested that Vela may well be staying at the club for 2014/15:
“We have a great relationship on and off the pitch because we’re good friends.” He is quoted by The Express.
“He’s relaxed. He’s already signed a new contract and he’s looking happy.”
Vela endured a difficult spell at Arsenal after arriving as a teenager from Chivas Guadalajara in his homeland, but has since thrived at Sociedad.
The 25-year-old is rumoured to be happy, although he has expressed a slight desire to return to north London.