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Arsenal move unlikely for Valbuena

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Mathieu Valbuena has said he harbours no ambition to leave Marseille this summer, despite their poor league showing, which appears to rule out a switch to Arsenal.

Marseille endured a disastrous campaign in Ligue 1 as they finished tenth - 34 points behind eventual winners Montpellier and well short of the Champions League places.

Naturally, this has led to speculation that Didier Deschamps may lose his job and best players during the transfer window, and Valbuena would certainly fall into the category of the latter.

However, the 27-year-old France international is willing to stay loyal to Marseille and help transform fortunes at the Stade Velodrome next season.

According to talkSPORT, Valbuena's comments have ruled out a move to Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger having attempted to bring the midfielder to the Emirates Stadium last summer.

"I will remain faithful," he told L'Equipe. "I did not want to leave the club like that, finishing tenth.

"I am very much attached to the club. It's hard to leave. There are disadvantages to that but benefits too.

"Even without the Champions League next season can be exciting. At Marseille we cannot talk about transitionary seasons, but there is everything to succeed. I feel good even if that is a bit contradictory with the season we have just had."

Valbuena made 45 appearances in all competitions for Marseille in the recently concluded season - contributing 14 assists and scoring nine goals.

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