Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has broken silence on speculation that he's keen on a move to LaLiga amid links with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Aubameyang, 30, emerged as a potential transfer target for the LaLiga giants after reports in England suggested he was seeking a move away from the Gunners.
According to the Times, new head coach Mikel Arteta 'accepted' that any incoming bid in January would need to be accepted with the player no longer committed to the club.
But the prolific striker, who was absent from their 1-0 victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday evening ended the speculation over a high-profile exit.
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"I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media," he told the club's website.
"People like making up stories and they should focus on what's happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!
"I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs."
Arteta welcomed the stance of the striker who's become the club's attacking talisman since his £56 million move from Borussia Dortmund two years ago.
"I was thrilled about that and really happy," Arteta said, as per the Independent.
"His commitment since the day I walked through that door has been phenomenal, the work he has been putting in, his attitude around the place with the players.
"He has done it (ended speculation), I do it, I want him here and I am so happy with him, so hopefully that is the end of the story."