Arsenal rejected by La Liga star

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Atletico Madrid right-back Juanfran has confirmed that he received and rejected an offer from Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

The 28-year-old, who has been capped five times by Spain, revealed that he turned down the offer because he is happy to stay at the Vicente Calderon.

"It is true that I had an offer from Arsenal that any player would have liked to have accepted," Juanfran was quoted as telling Spanish newspaper Marca. "But I am very happy here.

"For me, as everyone knows, there is no better club than Atletico."

Juanfran was considered by Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger as an alternative to Bacary Sagna, whose future at the Emirates Stadium looked far from certain last season.

But Juanfran opted to stay with Atletico Madrid, who currently sit joint top of La Liga with Barcelona, and host Russian Premier League outfit Zenit in their opening Champions League group stage match on Wednesday night.

The Spaniard also lifted the European Supercup and Copa del Rey trophies with Atleti last term.

It's a decision which appears to have suited all parties: Sagna is expected to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, while English right-back Carl Jenkinson continues to improve.

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