The agent of Arsenal star Bernd Leno has on Monday spoken out over his client's future, at the same time providing something of a bizarre personal insight into the goalkeeping situation in Mikel Arteta's squad.
The future of German international Leno has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines when it comes to ongoings at the Emirates over the course of the last 48 hours.
This comes with the shot-stopper subject to altogether intense interest on the part of Premier League newcomers Fulham.
The Cottagers are understood to have identified Leno as their first-choice option to reinforce the club's ranks between the posts ahead of next season, desperate to prolong their stay back in the top-flight of English football beyond 12 months.
Speaking on Monday, it therefore came as no surprise when the subject of his client's future was put to the 30-year-old's agent.
This of course comes despite the ex-Bayer Leverkusen star having long been usurped by Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal pecking order.
“He is a German national goalkeeper, has always performed well at Arsenal and is an absolute team player,” Koukoutrigas explained.
“For me personally, Bernd is also the clear No.1 at Arsenal. With all due respect to the competitors.
From here, Leno's representative went on to confirm Fulham's interest in the experienced shot-stopper, albeit with the capital outfit far from the only club in the race for the out-of-favour Gunners star:
“Fulham is trying hard to get Bernd. Very professionally. This is also true for some other clubs and shows his status. But, as I said, for me he is the No.1 at Arsenal and we are therefore also relaxed.”
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