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Arteta to Bilbao talk rejected

Mikel Arteta's agent has rejected talk linking the Arsenal midfielder with a possible move to Athletic Bilbao.

Last Updated: 01/07/14 at 15:19 Post Comment

Mikel Arteta: Agent rejects Athletic Bilbao link

Mikel Arteta: Agent rejects Athletic Bilbao link

Reports emanating from Spain have claimed Bilbao are lining up a move for Arteta as a replacement for Ander Herrera following his departure to Manchester United.

Arteta's long-term future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation, with the 32-year-old entering the final year of his contract and as yet no talks over a new deal.

However, Arteta's agent Inaki Ibanez insists talk of a move to Bilbao is wrong and that the playmaker has no interest in leaving Arsenal.

Asked about interest from Bilbao, Ibanez told El Mundo Deportivo: "This is totally false. Mikel has no interest in leaving Arsenal."

Arteta, who was born in San Sebastian, spent one season with Bilbao's rivals Real Sociead in 2004 before moving to England with Everton.

Arteta on the last year of his deal at the Emirates, Oh Dear...another player gone for nothing in a year. I'll be honest when we had the chance to sign Fabregas I didn't really see the point but now I think about it, Arteta will be gone in a year and Rosicky is 34 in October so maybe it would have been slightly more sensible to unload those 2 and bring back Cesc. Nothing against Arteta and Rosicky, in fact I really like Rosicky but in a years time we are going to have to find a replacement for these 2. Oh well to late now, we can all look forward to seeing Cesc in the blue of Chelsea for the next 4 years!
- afcbrad15877

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