Walcott staying at Arsenal, despite Liverpool interest.
Arsenal speedster Theo Walcott has dismissed speculation linking him with Liverpool and confirmed he is in talks over a new deal at the Emirates.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a sensational switch to Anfield, with Chelsea also said to be interested, after reports that he was stalling on signing a new deal in north London.
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was reportedly willing to spend the cash from Andy Carroll’s sale on Walcott.
The former Southampton forward has been with Arsenal since 2006 but has struggled to find consistency, prompting suggestions that he would seek a fresh start and follow Robin van Persie out of the Emirates.
But the England winger has moved to dismiss speculation, telling Sky Sports: “It [the new contract] was always going to be a case of hold back until the end of the Euros,” he said. “We continue to talk and we’ll just see where it goes.”
When asked if he was unsettled at the club, Walcott confirmed he is happy playing under French tactician Arsene Wenger.
“Not at all because I didn’t have a clue about any other clubs, anything.
“I’m an honest guy. I like to get on with my job. I’ve got to work on pre-season, I don’t want any distractions.
“Like I say, my agent and the club will continue to talk and when there’s something to know I’ll get involved.
“The manager has got so much faith in the young players. He’s developed them. Every single one of them that comes in seems to suit the way that Arsenal play football.
“It’s the next step that we need to go on to now. Everybody says that we’re a young team but we’ve got a lot of experience now – Champions League quarter-finals (in 2010) and so on.
“So we just need to try and prove people wrong and show what we can actually do and find out what we’re made of,” he finished.
Arsenal remain interested in signing Malaga playmaker Santi Cazorla, although Wenger is thought to be lining up a central role for the Euro 2012 winner.
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