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Juanfran rejects chance to join Arsenal again

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Atletico Madrid star Juanfran has once again rejected the advances of Arsenal, instead opting to remain at the Vicente Calderon, reports AS.

Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for an experienced right-back to replace the departing Bacary Sagna and saw Juanfran as his first port of call.

The Arsenal manager had contacted the player's representatives last summer and offered to quadruple his wages to try to coax him to the Emirates Stadium. However, the Spanish international turned it down.

Now more desperate for a full-back, Wenger again contacted the player's representatives just a few weeks ago to tell the player that the chance to join Arsenal was still on the table.

But once again the player was not willing to consider a move to north London and is settled in the Spanish capital where he has just won the La Liga title with Atletico.

Not only does Juanfran have friends and family in Madrid, he is also more than happy with the relationship he has with his teammates and isn't willing to leave.

At 29, it is likely the right-back could now see out his career with Atletico.

Arsenal will now have to look to alternative targets in trying to replace Bacary Sagna. Calum Chambers has been linked with a £10m move from Southampton while Serge Aurier also looks like an appealing option for Wenger.

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