Chelsea enter race for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko. [Picture: Getty]
Arsenal have been dealt a transfer set back with fresh report of long time target set to stay put at current club in other to secure a place at the 2016 Euro competition.
The French international has been linked with a move away from Newcastle, with Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG among the major contenders for his signature.
However, Didier Deschamps’ revelation over his selection process for Euro 2016 seems to have prompted the midfielder to stay put.
He told French newspaper Le Parisien: “Didier Deschamps clearly told us that he will only be choosing players who are regularly playing [at their clubs].
“With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench.”
But the 25-year-old admits whilst a move might not be right this summer, he does still have aspirations of joining a top-four club.
He added: “At the same time, I want to play for one of the biggest clubs and I would notably like to play in the Champions League, something I cannot do at Newcastle.
“One day or another, my hour will come. In any case, I see myself staying in England.”
The 6 ft 2 inch midfielder claimed In January, that Arsenal were his “dream” club and he has always respected and admired one of Arsenal’s veteran “Patrick Vieira”.
“Arsenal made me dream when I was a youngster,” he said earlier in the year. “Patrick Vieira was my idol. I saw myself in him.”
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