Javi Martinez does not want to leave Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez has thoroughly put to bed speculation that he could be on his way out in the summer.

The Spanish midfielder has been somewhat surplus to requirements under Pep Guardiola this season and reports suggested that he could be sold in the summer.

The Daily Mail claimed Arsene Wenger had put Martinez at the top of his transfer wish list and was ready to open the bidding at £20m.

However, Martinez has insisted that, despite his lack of first team football, he remains settled in Bavaria and hopes to stay with Bayern Munich for years to come.

He told German newspaper Bild: "If Bayern should still count on me I would be happy. I would be very happy to stay here. I’m fine in the city and in the club with my team-mates. I hope to continue here for many years. I hope we have better luck next year."

The 25-year-old only signed for Bayern Munich in 2012 for a Bundesliga record fee of £31.6m but he has since failed to impress former Barcelona manager Guardiola.

In fact, Guardiola's former club were also rumoured to be interested in signing Martinez, with a massive £30m offer thought to be in the pipeline.

With Bayern looking to streamline their squad, the chance to recoup the vast majority of their original outlay may be too tempting. For Martinez, however, the message is clear: he is not interested in a move to Arsenal or Barcelona.

Martinez's declaration is another early blow for Wenger and Arsenal as he hunts for midfield reinforcements. The Gunners have already been told by former top target Lars Bender that he doesn't want to leave Bayer Leverkusen so third choice target, believed to be Morgan Schneiderlin, could be the next in Wenger's eye.

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