Lacazette plays down Atletico Madrid transfer links

Lacazette plays down Atletico Madrid transfer links

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has played down rumours linking him with a move to Atletico Madrid.

Lacazette is lined with a swap deal for Madrid star Thomas Partey but the Frenchman insists he is determined to see out the final two years of his contract at Arsenal. The La Liga side has been chasing for Lacazette's signature for some time and reports suggested the Gunners could use this to their advantage and convince them to part with Partey. 

Speaking to L'Equipe, Lacazette said, "If this is true, no, it does not please me. But what matters is the choice of the coach [Mikel Arteta] and his confidence."

"He’s the one who makes the team, not the managers upstairs in the offices, and I know I have his confidence. I’m at Arsenal, I signed a five-year contract to progress and win titles. I have two years left. I am determined to stay."

Arteta on Lacazette's future

"He is really happy here, he wants to keep improving and contributing to the team," said Mikel Arteta.

"I know how good he is, the impact he is having. ‘He knows about the competition he has with the front players, and again he needs to demand of himself to be the best striker at this football club, the same as the rest."

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