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Arsenal stalwart dismisses exit rumours, will be at Emirates next season

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has responded to speculation suggesting that Marseille are keen on taking him back to France this summer.

The 31-year-old has been with the Gunners since 2010, making well over 200 Premier League appearances and has now firmly established himself as a key figure in the backline for Arsene Wenger.

In turn, the French tactician will be delighted to hear his captain dismiss suggestions that he could be looking for a move elsewhere this summer, with Marseille said to be keen on snapping him up which could have been problematic given that they were the club that the centre-half supported when he was younger.

“I have a contract with Arsenal, I even signed an extension last November until [June] 2020. I feel very good there,” he told Telefoot.

“I have always said that I was a Marseille fan when I was younger. When a mythical club like Marseille contact you, it is good. But will I sign for them? I have no idea at all.”

The former Lorient man made 43 appearances in all competitions last season, and although there are question marks over him to a certain extent, his importance was never more obvious when he was absent in crucial games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League this past campaign.

While Wenger has Rob Holding coming through and last summer’s signing Shkodran Mustafi to rely on, he will be in no rush to let Koscielny leave in the event that a bid did come in from Marseille or any other club for that matter this summer.

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