Bordeaux play down transfer pursuit of wantaway Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny

first_imgKoscielny refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour (Picture: Getty)Bordeaux boss Paulo Sousa has played down the club’s pursuit of Laurent Koscielny, but admitted he is in the transfer market for a new centre-back.Koscielny stunned Arsenal by refusing to go on their pre-season tour of America and is hopeful the club will agree to terminate his contract.The Frenchman wants to return to France and has been linked with a host of clubs, including Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes.‘I have already said it, he is not our player,’ Sousa told reporters when asked about Koscielny.ADVERTISEMENT Koscielny wants to return to France (Picture: Getty)The club have been shocked by Koscielny’s behaviour and released a statement slamming their captain.A statement read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.‘We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’MORE: William Saliba pictured with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of Arsenal transferMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Comment Bordeaux play down transfer pursuit of wantaway Arsenal star Laurent Koscielnycenter_img Arsenal were shocked by Koscielny’s decision (Picture: Getty)‘He is a player that every team would like to have because of his experience, the quality of his play and everything that he represents in football.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are in the market for central defenders because Jules Kounde has left and so we are looking for another player to replace him.‘All talks are ongoing but once again he is not our player.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are working hard to give ourselves the chance to have a player with his characteristics.’The controversial transfer saga took another twist on Sunday with reports in France Koscielny had agreed personal terms with Rennes.Koscielny has made over 350 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Lorient in 2010 and was made club captain following the retirement of Per Mertesacker last year. Coral BarryMonday 22 Jul 2019 11:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Advertisementlast_img

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