N’Zonzi: “I’m Not Here To Speak To Arsenal”
Arsenal transfer target Steven N’Zonzi has denied he is in London for talks with the Premier League club.
N’Zonzi has been linked with interest from the Gunners and he flew to London on Monday amidst rumours of discussions over a move to the Emirates. Everton have also been linked as N’Zonzi played under new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers. Club chairman Bill Kenwright has an office in London.
But speaking to France Football, N’Zonzi admits that he has flown to London but that the trip wasn’t football-related.
“I am in London, but it has nothing to do with a transfer, or even with football,” he said. “I came to see my son who lives there and to enjoy spending some time with him. You see, there is no question of me signing for Arsenal or anyone else.”
The former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder had a bust-up with coach Eduardo Berizzo during Sevilla’s Champions League clash with Liverpool two weeks ago. He was substituted at half-time and immediately left the stadium. As a result of his actions his career at Sevilla appears to be over. He hasn’t played since the clash with Berizzo and he was left out of the squad for tonight’s trip to Slovenia for the Champions League decider with Maribor.
“My future clearly lies outside Sevilla,” N’Zonzi added. “The only thing that hurts me is the way it is ending. I am training with the team but when the matches arrive, I am not in the side.
“It hurts, of course, but for now I just keep going. It has only been a short time. All that remains is for December to pass. But it’s best that it all ends now.”
N’Zonzi turns 29 next week and as such it doesn’t mark him out as an Arsenal target. The link has come because Arsene Wenger is known to have been an admirer in the past.
His contract with Sevilla runs to 2020 with a release fee stands at €35million (just over £31million). However, any deal is likely to be done at around €20million (£18million).