Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has insisted he is happy at Real Sociedad amid ongoing speculation linking him with a sensational return to the Emirates Stadium, Sky Sports understands.
Vela, 23, was loaned out to Real Sociedad in August 2011. The San Sebastián-based club decided to make the switch permanent after the 23-year-old striker bagged 12 goals and seven assists in 35 league appearances during his debut season.
The Mexican striker is enjoying another productive season at the Anoeta, having tallied 11 goals and five assists in 24 appearances in La Liga this term.
In fact, Vela’s scintillating form has led to rumours linking him with a return to Arsenal in the summer, according to the Spanish media.
However, the 23-year-old has played down this speculation, while insisting he is happy to stay at Real Sociedad for years to come.
“I never regretted joining Real Sociedad and the results have proved me right,” revealed Vela.
“I think my decision to come here looks even better now. At no time have I felt otherwise, I came here because I trusted the team and thought they could make progress.
“I want to give more, not just this season but in the years to come. I think we can still go higher.
“Today I am here and just thinking about Real. Arsenal could buy me by paying Real a million Euros more than Real paid. I’m going to give everything for the team, what is going to happen next, I do not know.”
Although it is unlikely Arsene Wenger will buy back Carlos Vela — to replace Marouane Chamakh – when the transfer window reopens in the summer, it would not be the worst signing the Frenchman has ever sanctioned.
Lewandowski set to leave Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed Poland international striker Roberto Lewandowski will not sign a new contract at Signal Iduna Park, Sky Sports reports.
Lewandowski, 24, is under contract at Dortmund until June 2014, but the Bundesliga side may look to sell him in the summer.
The likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United have been linked with the Poland international in recent months.
“Robert Lewandowski is not going to sign a new contract. We will have to see if he is going to be on the move in the summer,” Zorc told Sky Sport Germany.
“His contract runs until 2014. There are two options. Either he goes in June or he stays for another year.”
At the moment, it seems increasingly likely that Dortmund will sell Lewandowski when the transfer window reopens in July.
The two-time German champions are surely lining up a replacement for the prolific Polish striker, with recent reports suggesting that Dortmund are monitoring Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) and Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover 96).