The 27-year-old ended up staying at the Bernabeu after the transfer saga, and claims that he is happy to stay with Los Merengues. He started and scored in their 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis before the international break, and looks set to be a key figure in manager Rafael Benitez’s debut season.
“There was nothing in the talk of a transfer away from Madrid,” the former Lyon man said, “I’m happy at my current club, it’s the best in the world. I’ll continue to work here and be happy where I am.”
This would appear to rule out the Gunners’ chances of signing the France international. Having only managed to hit the back of the net once without it being an own goal this season, the North London outfit will be hit hard by this. In order to have a chance against Manchester City in the Premier League title race, they may well be in need of reinforcements come January.
That is if Arsene Wenger’s side aren’t out of the race by then. With bogey team Stoke City as well as local rivals Chelsea and Tottenham up next, they will have to improve quickly to make up for dropping five points in their first four matches of the campaign.