Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin, has spoken for the first time since reports came out that he was planning on retiring and the 31-year-old has firmly rejected those headlines.
It was reported in the Evening Standard that Arshavin will retire in the summer after "falling out of love" with the game, but the Russian midfielder has insisted that the fire is still there and he is ready to play for another team.
It has been made clear that Arsenal are not prepared to renew Arshavin's contract when it runs out in the summer and Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will be leaving the club when the transfer window opens.
The Russian has blamed Wenger for not picking him enough this season and insists that he is still ready to play for any team despite not featuring often this season.
Arshavin signed for Arsenal from Zenit for a club record fee of £15 million back in 2009 and is currently sitting on an impressive £95k-a-week - one of the reasons why Arsenal are not interested in renewing his contract.
Since the retirement reports came out, Arshavin hasn't been able to voice his opinion on the matter, but talking to the Evening Standard, he has confirmed that he will leave Arsenal and that he will carry on playing football next season.
“It’s clear I’m going to leave Arsenal. It was Arsene’s decision he didn’t use me but I still train and I feel fit enough to play. I do not see any problems playing for another team.
“Of course, every player wants to play. The problem is not physical, it is a mental problem.
“Normally you train, and your target is a game. But when you don’t play, don’t play, you have to find another reason to train and to give everything.
“I’d consider if there is an offer from another Premier League club . . . I’m open from Germany or Spain, if there was an offer there or Russia.
“There was an offer [from another Premier League team] last winter. But I did not think it would be a good move for me.”
Arshavin has recently been labelled as lazy by many Arsenal fans but he strongly believes that is not the case.
“I’ve never heard this from my coach or my boss. I am always interested to play for any team I’ve played for so far. I love football. Maybe [it looks different] from outside the pitch, but always I have given 100% I could at that moment.”
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