Premier League suitors dealt blow by Ibrahim Afellay admission

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay after he revealed he wants to stay in Germany.

The 26-year-old in currently on loan from Camp Nou at Schalke 04 and he has been starting to find some of his old form at the Bundesliga side.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was reportedly keen on recruiting the Holland international, as have his counterparts at Anfield and White Hart Lane, Brendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas, according to talkSPORT.

Injuries scuppered Afellay’s early days at Barcelona, where he moved in 2011 from PSV Eindhoven, but his return coincided with the club experiencing some incredible success, making it difficult for him to get first team chances.

The Catalan club then allowed him to go out on loan in order to get some first team football, which led to the Schalke switch and getting some of his old form back.

Now he has revealed he is enjoying himself immensely, so much so that he would like to discuss staying with Huub Stevens' team permanently.

“I feel very comfortable at Schalke. At the season's end, we'll talk about a permanent deal,” he reportedly told German newspaper Bild.

Arsenal saw this first hand when facing the Germans in their Champions League group – Afellay sealed a victory for Schalke at Emirates Stadium by scoring the second in a 2-0 victory.

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