Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims none of his players are for sale following the club’s historic Champions League triumph on Saturday. Strikers Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata have both been linked with summer transfers to Arsenal, but it may be that they remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.
La Decima was finally achieved when Real Madrid triumphed over city rivals Atletico in Lisbon, while it had appeared that some of the players on show were appearing for Los Blancos for what may have been the final time.
However, with Madrid still riding a wave of unadulterated joy, Perez is not entertaining the prospect of allowing any of his team to leave the club at this present time. He did, however, concede there may be some turns of events that result in players being sold, just as Mesut Ozil unexpectedly joined Arsenal last summer.
Perez told Cadena Cope: “I am friends with the all the presidents and they all call me when they want a player - but if they called me at this time, I would tell them nobody is for sale - but in football you never know, last year we sold Ozil when nobody expected it - football is like that."
It could be, then, that Arsenal remain optimistic they will be able to conclude a deal for another Real Madrid player this year, with Benzema reported to have been identified as a key target by Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners have supposedly already held preliminary talks to register their interest in the France international, with the club prepared to pay £30 million to bring Benzema to the Emirates Stadium.