Former Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo has lifted the lid on why he chose to stay in Germany rather than move to Arsenal.
Gustavo, 26, was the subject of interest from Arsenal last summer as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looked to add some steel to his midfield, but just as the deal looked like it was set to go through, Wolfsburg swooped to sign Gustavo for a big fee believed to be in the region of £17m.
It meant that Gustavo was shunning Champions League football in order to stay in Germany, where he has been playing since he moved to Hoffenheim on loan from Corinthians Alagoano in 2007. His impressive displays there earned him a move to Bayern Munich in 2011, and played a valuable squad role there until Pep Guardiola's arrival at the Allianz Arena.
Gustavo doesn't really fit the mould of a Guardiola midfielder, and was unsurprisingly sold - but what was surprising was that despite interest from the Premier League, Gustavo chose to stay in Germany - and recent comments from the World Cup hopeful revealed that he believes the Bundesliga is the top division around.
"I think it [the Bundesliga] is the best league in the world," Gustavo said. "Here every stadium is always full and the league is strong. I think it is the best league in the world."
He also went on to say that whilst he is flattered by interest still liking him with a move to Arsenal - as well as North London rivals Tottenham - he doesn't want to leave Germany.
"It's always nice when the top clubs are interested in you," added Gustavo. "But right now I'm here and I'm very happy. The Bundesliga has become even better known in Brazil thanks to Bayern,"
Wolfsburg currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga table, but are a whopping 29 points behind Bayern. With a strong squad developing with Ricardo Rodriguez, ex-Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and of course Gustavo, they could yet begin to challenge - which may be why Gustavo is so happy with Wolfsburg.
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