Sylvain Distin has claimed that Arsenal will fail in their pursuit of Everton teammate Phil Jagielka reports the Guardian.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been trailing Jagielka for the last two seasons but Distin claims he doesn’t want to leave for the Emirates Stadium.
The Toffees’ French centre half believes his 29-year-old defensive partner will stay at Goodison Park and hasn’t indicated a willingness to depart Merseyside.
“Jags is an amazing player, you don’t play for your country if you’re not. He’s still young and still improving. He had some injury problems but seems to be over them now and he is quality. He’s got top clubs after him and that’s a sign of his quality but there’s no sign that he’s going. There’s no reason to be worried.”
“He’s not come out and said he wants to go anywhere, so I guess that means he wants to stay. I don’t think any players want to leave here, to be honest.
“There’s no point in saying anything to them about it unless they come out and say they want to go. If he came to me and asked about his future, then I’d tell him what I think, but that has not happened and we are happy he’s staying.”
Wenger has had two bids rejected by the Toffees so far this summer and after Distin’s revelations he may decide to pursue his other top target Gary Cahill.
Per Mertesacker has also been linked with a move to North London after indicating his desire to play in the Premier League.