Shkodran Mustafi claims he has no idea where the speculation about his future is coming from, and he’s not planning to ‘sneak away’ from Arsenal.
After an inconsistent season for Arsenal, Mustafi has come in for plenty of criticism from the media and his own supporters over the last few months. Whilst that raises questions about whether it’s okay to criticise players so heavily, it’s also led to plenty of speculation that the Gunners will offload the German defender this summer.
Mustafi insists he doesn’t have any idea where the rumours are coming from, however, and adds that he has no news on his future.
“I do not know where these messages come from,” Mustafi said in Kicker (via Gelnhaeuser Tageblatt). “It’s funny, I’ve been here for almost three years, and after half a year, it was speculated that I would change soon. I am a player of Arsenal, I have a contract until 2021, and there is no news. If updates exist, I will announce them and not sneak away.”
So far, there have been more rumours around suggesting Arsenal want to sell Mustafi than genuine concrete links to clubs that want to buy the centre-back. There was some talk last week that AC Milan were considering a loan deal, partly driven by former Gunners CEO Ivan Gazidis, but that hasn’t led to anything more at this stage.
Despite his form, Mustafi has still managed to make 40 appearances for Arsenal this season, and he continues to get chances in high-profile games like the Europa League semi-final first leg against Valencia. If there more substantial transfer rumours don’t start to emerge soon, it’s very possible that will continue next season.