Laurent Koscielny: 'I want to stay at Arsenal'

Koscielny: 'I want to stay at Arsenal'
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Laurent Koscielny insists that he wants to remain with Arsenal.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has insisted that he wants to remain with the Gunners this summer.

The 27-year-old has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in recent weeks, but the centre-back has quelled suggestions that he could leave the Emirates Stadium.

"I am aware it's a great club and I have a four-year contract. I know there's talk about me and Barcelona and Bayern, but people make their own conclusions," he told reporters at a press conference.

"The facts are simple: I have a contract at a club where I am happy. Full stop. We all know how situations change in football but I repeat that I'm not one to make castles in the sky. I live in the moment, I seek nothing but to play the best I can.

"In my mind my goal is to win trophies with Arsenal with whom I'm about to start pre-season training. I've no ulterior motives. I'm at a healthy club, which plays beautiful football, doesn't lose money every year, sticks to its own budget and plays in the Champions League. Not many players can say the same."

Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2010.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prior to his side's match against West Bromwich Albion on April 6, 2013
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