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Laurent Koscielny names the one club he'd join if he left England

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Since arriving in north London in 2010, Laurent Koscielny has developed into Arsenal's most reliable defender.

The 31-year-old centre-back is a firm favourite amongst the Emirates faithful as a result and, unlike some other members of the Gunners' squad, there are few Arsenal fans who would want to see Koscielny leave any time soon.

As such, recent rumours linking the Frenchman with a return to his homeland with Paris Saint-Germain will have made worrying reading. However, according to the player himself, there's only one club he would consider joining if he were ever to play outside of England again.

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"Move to Paris?! I’ll never live or play there," Koscielny said in an interview with L'Equipe, via Goal.

"I’ll finish my career in England or with Lorient."

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For most players, the chance to play for PSG would be a far more appealing proposition than turning out for Lorient, one of Ligue 1's provincial sides.

But, of course, the Arsenal defender has previous with the club he named. 

Koscielny played for Lorient for one season before heading to the Premier League in a deal worth around £8.45 million and his time at the French side clearly left a lasting impression on him.

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The fact that he only saw out one year of a four-year contract may also play a part in him considering them as the club he will finish his playing career at.

While Arsenal fans may be a little concerned that Koscielny is open to plying his trade elsewhere, they shouldn't be too worried in the short-term.

Although he is 31, the veteran defender is arguably playing the best football of his career so far this season and looks like he could play on at the top level for several years yet.

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Moreover, the France international also made clear in his comments to L'Equipe that he is more than happy to see out his career in England.

Unless he is planning a shock move to one of Arsenal's rivals, that would suggest he is planning on sticking around at the Emirates for the foreseeable future.

If Arsene Wenger's side can continue their assault on the Premier League title over the next few months, would there really be any reason for Koscielny to consider leaving anyway?

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