Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Carlos Vela after the Real Sociedad striker admitted he never felt comfortable during his first spell in London.
TalkSPORT reports how the Mexico international has been heavily linked with a return to his former club this summer, as the Gunners consider activating a buyback clause that was written into the contract he signed with the Spanish club three years ago.
Arsene Wenger is said to be interested in bringing Vela back to the Emirates Stadium following an impressive campaign in 2013/14, as the Arsenal boss looks to provide fresh competition for Olivier Giroud in attack.
However, a return to the Premier League now looks increasingly unlikely after Vela's latest admission that he was in fact unhappy during his spell in England, and is better suited to the style of football in La Liga.
"I never felt comfortable in London and I never enjoyed it," he explained in an interview with beIN SPORTS. "However, when I got to Sociedad, I found a place where I was very happy, where I'm enjoying myself every day.
"The English game is very straightforward. Here, the difference is that there are more touches of the ball and that benefits me."
Vela went on to state that he is very happy playing at the Anoeta Stadium because of the close-knit group and team spirit, intimating that he would prefer to be a part of Jagoba Arrasate's side come the start of 2014/15 rather than return to Arsenal.
"The majority of Sociedad's players are from the youth system and this has turned the dressing room into something more familiar," he added.