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Arsenal defender denies he will seek return to France


Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny has declared himself happy to stay at the Gunners for the foreseeable future. The 31 year old signed a contract extension in January keeping him at the club until 2020.

Speaking in an interview with RMC Sport in his native France however, the defender was asked whether he would ever consider a return to playing in the French league. Koscielny said he would give any interest from French clubs short shrift:

“I had no contact with a French club and even if I had one, I would cut it short very quickly because I do not see myself coming back to France for the moment. I am happy with my life on and off the field. If my family and I are happy here, this is the most important.”

In the interview, Koscielny also reiterated that he wants manager Arsene Wenger to extend his current contract beyond the end of the season. He also commented that he thinks that the Gunners have a “mental problem” when facing big opponents as he believes the squad are technically and physically up to the task of beating any team.

He asserts that a great deal more commitment and hunger to win the one-on-one duels in the big matches is something that the team needs to improve upon.

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