Luis Gustavo plays down talk of Premier League switch

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Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo has dismissed reports linking him with a January move to the Premier League.

During the summer transfer window it was rumoured that Gustavo was wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United, however, the defensive midfielder has moved to end speculation over his future.

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The Brazilian international told Bild: "I am very happy, VfL Wolfsburg is a great club to play for and I like living in Germany and the German mentality."

"I feel my future is here and I am able to imagine playing on for many years, because I identify with the city of Wolfsburg.”

"Wolfsburg is a workers’ city, this suits me.”

The Brazilian international joined Die Wolfe from Bayern Munich last year and has gone on to make 30 league appearances for the club, scoring four goals.

Should Wenger have coughed up

Gustavo, who has made 27 appearance for Brazil, was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the summer, with reports in Germany claiming Wenger was preparing a £27.5 million bid for the former Hoffenheim player.

A move to England did not materialise and Arsenal’s defensive limitations have been put into question since the season kicked off. The criticism intensified after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal were carved open on numerous occasion and it could have been much more than the two, but for some wasteful finishing.

Louis van Gaal link

It was also rumoured that new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had the 27-year-old high on his list of targets as he began his Old Trafford revolution.

Gustavo worked under Van Gaal in the Dutch manager's last sixth months at the Allianz Arena and the former Dutch national coach saw him as the man who could sit in-front of his defence this season.

However, that role now goes to Daley Blind who joined from Ajax and made an impressive debut in the 4-0 win against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

Gustavo brings with him a wealth of experience, having won Bundesliga and Champions League titles in Bayern Munich’s 2012-13 double winning side, however for now it seems his future lies with Wolfsburg, who are without a win in their three games of the new season.

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