Laurent Koscielny appears to be on his way out of Arsenal after manager Unai Emery suggested he plays no part in his plans for the new season.
The France defender opted out of the Gunners’ pre-season tour of the United States, according to Emery – who stated he will instead work with “players that want to be here”.
“I tried to continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us,” Emery told arsenal.com after a penalty shootout loss to Real Madrid in a pre-season clash in Washington.
“When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him.
“He decided to be out. I respect him but I have a responsibility, he has a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility.
“Now it’s an issue only for the club and him. My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here.”
Koscielny, 33, signed from Lorient in 2010 and has since played over 350 games for Arsenal, scoring 27 goals and being named club captain last season.
He has been linked with several clubs back home in France, with Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa confirming an interest but Rennes president Olivier Letang insisting his club have not been in contact since a tentative enquiry in early June.
Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan during the transfer window despite falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane, his agent said on Tuesday.
The Real boss said at the weekend the La Liga giants were poised to offload the 30-year-old Wales star.
But his representative, Jonathan Barnett, told Sky Sports News any deal would have to be a permanent one.
“There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,” said Barnett, who said previously that Zidane has shown “no respect” for Bale’s achievements at Real.
“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.”
Bale has been deemed surplus to requirements at Real despite helping his side to a Spanish title and four Champions League crowns since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur six years ago.
His brace, including a brilliant bicycle kick, sank Liverpool in the 2018 final but he was not used as a regular starter by Zidane after the Frenchman returned to the Real bench in early March.
“Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he’s staying as a Real Madrid player,” said Barnett.
“If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week. Or he could still be a Real player in three years, when his contract ends.”
Real are playing Arsenal in a friendly on Tuesday at the FedExField – home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
The former Real Betis man has failed to establish himself at the capital club and lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane has forced him to consider a loan move ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Arsenal are said to be in pole position to acquire his signature and boss Emery provided his seal of approval ahead of the friendly clash between the two teams.
“Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid,” said Emery, who coached Betis’ neighbors Sevilla between 2013 and 2016.
“He played very well in the U-21, his national team won the competition. He can play as a number eight or a number 10.
Emery recently announced that the club could sign up to four players before the transfer window closes but he failed to confirm whether Ceballos will be making the switch.
“We have different names and the club is working on that,” he commented.