Luiz Gustavo has insisted he has no plans to leave Wolfsburg this summer, halting a number of rumours suggesting that potential suitors were preparing to activate a reported release clause.
The 27 year-old signed for the Bundesliga side last summer after leaving Bayern Munich following two years at the club, despite Arsenal actively courting the Brazilian international i the two previous transfer windows.
He signed a five-year deal which technically obliges the midfielder to stay at the club until 2018, though there are reports of a £27.5m release clause which has left a lot of clubs curious as to a potential summer swoop.
Arsenal are definitely on that shortlist and are looking for another central midfielder to join their talented ranks. Arsene Wenger expressed his interest last season, but missed out after he was snatched away by the Wolves.
In a recent interview with Wolfsburger Nachricjten, Gustavo said: "I am back in training and I want to play on for Wolfsburg to help the team succeed.
“We are to be involved in three club competitions this season and we want to be among the best in all of them."
Last season Wolfsburg finished fifth in the Bundesliga to earn a Europa League place, after years of disappointment where the side have failed to qualify, falling from favour after winning the 2008/09 campaign.
All in all, it was a successful season for the Wolves as they lost just three games at home and were just one point away from a potential Champions League spot.
Gustavo was essentially forced to depart from Munich after the arrivals of Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze as he had to think about his place in the following summer's World Cup squad. But the Brazilian made the right choice and proved to be a rock in the Wolfsburg midfield.
Mixed World Cup for Gustavo and co:
Similarly, Gustavo proved to be one of the best players at the World Cup for Brazil, which sadly ended bitterly when they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final.
But behind the poster boy Neymar it was the midfielder who held the team together, thanks to his ability to turn over the ball and assist the centre backs made him a real factor in the tournament.
The season ahead:
With the arrival of Aaron Hunt and by keeping onto Kevin De Bruyne, Wolfsburg have a solid central three in the midfield to choose from, if not using all of them. But still, the Wolves are still in need of another striker after relying on Ivica Olic for the goals last season.
The club was very interested in the Premier League and Belgian forward, Romelu Lukaku however they were beaten to his signature by Everton who weighed up a £28 million bid. If they are to push on and reach the top European competition and challenge for the domestic crown then they will have to recruit another striker to support, if not partner, the Croatian.
It is going to be difficult to see the Wolves progressing in the Europa League looking at their depth in quality in striking options but elsewhere, the club should manage to achieve a similar position in the Bundesliga.
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