Arsenal blast club captain Laurent Koscielny after refusing to travel on pre-season tour – The Sun

ARSENAL captain Laurent Koscielny is REFUSING to go on the club's pre-season tour as he attempts to secure a move away.

The 33-year-old wants to quit the Gunners to return to France, with Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes all keen.


But now the veteran is trying to force his exit by refusing to board the plane for the States today.

An Arsenal statement confirmed the news this morning, saying:  "Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.

"We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.

"We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time."

Koscielny, who has been at the Emirates for nine years, only has 12 months remaining on his contract after failing to agree an extension.

His agent has held talks with the club in an attempt to try and secure him a free transfer away.

However, the Gunners are holding firm and are refusing to allow him to walk away for nothing.

They are believed to be asking for a fee of around £10m for the centre-back.

Arsenal wanted Koscielny to stay for the final season of his contract, but with the skipper being offered a two-year deal with an option of a third by Bordeaux, he wants longer-term security.

Emery’s side will face Colorado Rapids in a friendly Stateside on July 16 before taking on Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

They kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle on August 11.


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