Karim Benzema has dismissed speculation he could leave Real Madrid for Arsenal by insisting the Santiago Bernabeu is his home.
Goal revealed back in May that the Gunners were ready to launch an ambitious bid to sign the France international, believing that the player would be interested in a move to north London.
But Real Madrid’s insistence that Benzema would not be sold has been unwavering and last week Goalreported a growing acceptance at Arsenal that they will not get their man this summer.
And after returning to first-team training at Madrid’s Valdebebas training complex on Monday, Benzema has finally gone public to distance himself from reports of a possible transfer.
Benzema’s decision makes it likelier that Petr Cech will remain Arsenal’s only significant first-team signing this summer, with Arsene Wenger insisting he will only sanction moves for elite targets.
The 27-year-old joined Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009 and has won one La Liga title and the Champions League since his arrival. Last season, he scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for the club in all competitions.