Arsenal a 'great club' but former starlet does not want a return

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Carlos Vela praised Arsenal - but he does not want to leave Real Sociedad.

Last season Real Sociedad finished an incredible fourth place in La Liga after an excellent campaign for the Basque club. Qualification for the Champions League followed with victory against Lyon in qualifying.

And one player who helped them on their way to such success was Mexican forward Carlos Vela.

The former Arsenal star left for San Sebastian in the summer of 2012, completing a permanent deal after a year on loan with the club.

And he didn’t disappoint in his debut full season, with 14 goals and 12 assists in his 38 appearances for the club.

This summer saw him linked with plenty of clubs - and this season he has been on good form again - with 11 assists and nine goals from his 29 appearances - most of them from the wing.

So the interest of these apparent watching clubs is not likely to have gone anywhere fast.

One such team continually being linked with him is in fact Arsenal - the side who sold him in 2012.

The Gunners had a buy-back clause in his contract - but it is not known if that is still valid.

Vela has not yet signed a new deal at the Anoeta - but it is believed the buy-back may have now expired.

Although that has not stopped him being asked on a consistent basis whether he is returning to The Emirates.

He has also been consistent in his response - he is not interested.

But one more time doesn’t hurt

The Gunners have a buy-back clause in his current deal with Sociedad, as was reported heavily in the summer media.

He was asked about a potential return once again this week - to which he responded:

"It’s (Arsenal) a great club that has given me the opportunity to play in Europe. I will always remember them but I do not think I got the deserved opportunity there. I'm very happy here and I want to stay.”

So thanks but no thanks just about sums it up.

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