Sokratis' agent brands Arsenal exit rumours 'fake news'
Arsenal centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos' agent has branded the exit rumours surrounding his client as "fake news".
The Greece international was a fixturein Unai Emery's starting line-up at Emirates Stadium, but has found regular playing time harder to come by under his successor Mikel Arteta.
Sokratis has only featured once for Arsenal since the Spaniard's arrival December, and was an unused substitute in the club's final eight fixtures of the 2019-20 campaign.
Arteta has reportedly deemed the32-year-old surplus to requirements, withDavid Luiz andRob Holding currently serving as his first-choice centre-back pairing.
The Gunners boss is expected to bolster his defensive ranks now that the summer transfer window is open, and it has been suggested that Sokratis will be moved on before he becomes a free agent next year.
Despite the ongoing speculation surrounding the former Dortmund star's future, his representative Konstantinos Farras has dismissed any possibility of a transfer.
The Greek agent said during an interview with British football journalist Fred Paxton: "He Sokratis will stay. I don’t see a reason to leave. I don’t know why everyone is writing wrong and fake news."
Sokratis admitted back in March that he would not hesitate to seek a move away from the Emirates should there ever come a time that he no longer feels wanted.
"If I’m not happy, I don’t play enough or the coach doesn’t like me, I don’t care about the contract,"he told reporters.
"For me, the money is not important, it is important I feel good, I feel happy and the team is happy with me. If not, I take the road and I finish.
"I don’t think about it, I think every day to be happy and help the team and in the end, we will see but what I say is that I am not a player who sits on a contract – I don’t need it."
Arsenal wrapped up their latest Premier League campaign with a 3-2 home win over Watford on Sunday, which ensured that they finished eighth in the final standings.
Source : goal.com
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