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Arsenal have not made any bid for Steven N’Zonzi, Goal has revealed.
N’Zonzi was spotted in London last week, causing reports that he is in talks with Arsenal over a January transfer.
Spanish radio COPE had claimed the former Stoke City man was in the English capital to discuss a return to the Premier League and the Emirates is being touted as his likeliest destination.
Sevilla has now clarified the situation, stating that the midfielder was in London for family reasons.
N’Zonzi’s son is based in London and the midfielder was granted permission to spend time with his son.
The Liga club’s chairman Jose Castro told reporters:
“N’Zonzi’s situation [being dropped] is due to a technical issue with the coaches and, as with all technical issues, he can change it.
“He travelled to London to visit his son with our permission. There aren’t any offers to sign N’Zonzi. I can’t talk about clauses or prices if we don’t have an offer.
“We respect the decision of our coaches, he is training with his team-mates but currently he isn’t playing. It’s a technical decision and the coaches have said in public that he can change this.”
Anyway, N’Zonzi is likely to leave Seville at the end of the season after falling out with manager Eduardo Berizzo.
The relationship between Berizzo and the player has been damaged beyond repair and he may have to move for the sake of his career.