Matteo Guendouzi will not return to Hertha BSC next season, with Arsenal talks over another move coming to an end.

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01: Matteo Guendouzi of Hertha BSC is challenged by Felix Klaus of VfL Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Olympiastadion on November 01, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY: Matteo Guendouzi of Hertha BSC is challenged by Felix Klaus of VfL Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Olympiastadion on November 01, 2020. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Bild (via Sport Witness) report that talks over a loan extension for Matteo Guendouzi at Hertha BSC have ‘unsurprisingly’ come to an end.

Another loan was always a fairly unlikely outcome this summer, given Guendouzi only has an Arsenal deal lasting to 2022. Realistically, he would have to extend his contract first, and right now that doesn’t seem very probable.

More than that, Bild claim Guendouzi has now become conspicuous for his ‘theatrical appearances’. Arsenal were hoping Hertha might look at a permanent deal, but that seems to be off the table now.

As for Guendouzi himself, he’d reportedly prefer to return to North London anyway. Perhaps that should be no surprise as Hertha battle relegation, but it’s also in keeping with his recent interview, where he claimed his Arsenal story wasn’t over yet.

The midfielder recently picked up an injury, though nothing serious enough to stop him from receiving a call-up for the France u21s over the upcoming international break.

With nine games left of his loan spell (plus the possibility of relegation play-offs), the sooner he can recover to end the campaign on a high, the better.

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