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.

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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.

The Magic Sponge