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'No interest in leaving Arsenal': Source close to 'excellent' Gunners player dismisses exit talk

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Arsenal defender Cedric Soares has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates over the last few weeks.

The Portugal international was only brought in by Mikel Arteta and Edu as a backup. He played second fiddle to Hector Bellerin last season and is behind Takehiro Tomiyasu in the pecking order this term.

However, an injury to the Japanese defender opened the door for Cedric and he has fared well. The 30-year-old has featured 21 times in all competitions this term and played a part in helping Arsenal stay in the race for the top four during Tomiyasu’s absence.

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Now that the ex-Bologna man has returned, rumours have been linking Cedric with a move away from Arsenal.

Cedric Soares does not want to leave Arsenal

Just a few days ago, a report claimed that Cedric will leave Arsenal at the end of the season and the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Newcastle United are interested to sign him. Portuguese giants Porto are also said to be keen.

However, a source close to the defender has now come out and rubbished those claims.

Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã reported that Newcastle and Porto are keen to sign Cedric, but the outlet quoted someone close to the defender and they completely dismissed a transfer.

The source told the newspaper: “It’s speculation. There are no offers. Cedric has no interest in leaving Arsenal.”

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Cedric, branded as ‘excellent‘ by Kevin Campbell, will have two full years left on his Arsenal contract this summer.

He has played a fair bit since the turn of the year and with the Gunners set to return to Europe next term, he’s likely to get a decent amount of game time.

To add to that, Cedric, who joined Arsenal as a free agent, pockets £75,000-a-week. It’s unlikely that he’ll get a salary as high as that elsewhere considering that he’s on the wrong side of 30 already.

Keeping hold of Cedric wouldn’t be a bad option for Arsenal considering he’ll only be a backup to Tomiyasu. His experience could prove to be valuable to the Gunners’ young squad as well.

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