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“The clause doesn’t matter’ Arsenal and Barcelona-linked midfielder rules out summer move despite 60m release clause

The Spaniard is willing to refuse bids this summer amid interest from European giants

Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi has dropped a massive hint suggesting that he will not be leaving La Liga outfit Real Sociedad this summer, claiming that he is looking forward to a ‘quiet summer’ with his current club.

The 24-year-old has excelled this season for Sociedad, and has been called up to the latest Spanish National team for the upcoming fixtures against Norway and Scotland as they look to begin their EURO2024 campaign.

And his performances have not gone unnoticed, with Barcelona reportedly eyeing up the Spaniard as they look to replace Sergio Busquets, who is set to depart Camp Nou this summer when his contract expires.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are also thought to be keen, with the Gunners on the hunt for midfield additions, and there were reports that they were considering triggering his 60m euros release clause in January when a bid for Moises Caicedo fell through.

Despite the rumours, however, the Spaniard is keen to remain with Sociedad, and has hinted that even should the release clause be triggered, he would be happy to stay.

“Beyond the clause, when someone wants to be in a club, the clause doesn’t matter”, he began. “I think it is a balanced clause with all the aspects that the contract brought together. Nothing more than that.”

He also moved quickly to rule out a summer move, despite added reported interest from Barcelona.

‘I look forward to a quiet summer. Like the others and nothing’, the 24-year-old added.

It means that both Barcelona and Arsenal may be forced to look elsewhere this summer amid their hunt for reinforcements.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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