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Danilo prepared to stay at Porto

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Porto defender Danilo has reiterated his commitment to the Portuguese giants in the wake of rumoured interest from Arsenal, Sky Sports report.

The Brazilian has been linked with the Premier League club as Arsene Wenger searches for a replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna, but he's insisted a move is not on the cards.

With Sagna ending his seven-year stay in North London, Wenger is in need of defensive reinforcements and Danilo's form for Porto has seen him earmarked as a possible summer signing.

However, the Brazil international is under contract for another two years and he's happy to see out the remainder of his existing deal.

Danilo told ESPN Brazil: I'll say what is usually said, I am contracted until 2016. I am playing at Porto and have been playing well, which makes you get linked with top clubs.

"But there is a big difference between that and an offer that Porto accepts. I am happy at the moment and I am prepared to return to Porto.

"If something good for everyone comes along, we'll sit down, but for now it is just speculation."

Since signing for the Portuguese side in January 2012, Danilo has established himself as the club's first choice right-back and last season made 40 league and European appearances.

Standing at just over six foot, the former Santos man would add a physical presence to an Arsenal side which has, on occasion, been a little lightweight against stronger opposition.

And with experience in the Champions League, Danilo could be a ready-made replacement for the departing French international.

Following Sagna's decision to call it a day at Arsenal, Carl Jenkinson is left as the only recognised right-back at The Emirates Stadium and securing an experienced option will be a priority for Wenger.

With Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny forming an impressive partnership at the heart of the Gunners defence and Kieran Gibbs cementing his place as first-choice left-back, Danilo could have been the final piece in the defensive jigsaw but it appears Arsenal will be forced to look elsewhere.

The 22-year-old's commitment to the Porto cause will be a boost to incoming boss Julien Lopetegui.

The new Porto manager has had to face constant speculation regarding the future of Eliaquim Mangala, so Danilo's statement will come as a pleasant distraction for the former Spain youth coach.

Lopetegui arrives in Portugal looking to return his new side to the top of the Primeira Liga table after a rare trophyless season.

Last season's third-placed finish came as a shock to a team who had won the league seven times in the previous eight seasons.

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