£6.6m 'next Mertesacker' Arsenal target not moving this summer, chairman

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Matthias Ginter has been told he will not be leaving SC Freiburg this summer - as Borussia Dortmund circle.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with an interest in SC Freiburg starlet Matthias Ginter for the past 18 months. Last summer they reportedly made a £6.1 million for the player which was swiftly rejected by Freiburg - who had just come off the back of an excellent season in the Bundesliga.

It was even rumoured that the loan of Francis Coquelin was a ploy to get Freiburg on side for a potential transfer.

The 20-year-old has been touted as a future star of the game, and with the versatility to play in both central defence and midfield - but has spent most of his time at centre-back recently, earning the moniker ‘the next Mertesacker’ for his performances.

But Arsenal's interest has appeared futile recently - as Borussia Dortmund took the lead in the race for his future signature.

And Ginter himself has made it clear he would like the move to BVB done before Germany's opening game of the World Cup.

"It would be nice if we could resolve this issue now. I would like that to happen before our first World Cup game. If I am going to move, then it will only be to Dortmund. There is no plan B. Dortmund enquired about me a year ago and now I've spent two years playing consistently well and if the same club keeps coming back, then of course it makes you think.I was always a Dortmund fan and the environment and fans there are great. It's therefore not difficult for me to say I want to play for Dortmund."

But that will not be happening, in fact the defender, said to be the subject of a £6.6 million bid from the Westfalen club, looks set to stay at Freiburg for another season.

The club's chairman Fritz Keller has told Deutsche Presseagentur:

"Matthias will play for SC Freiburg also next season, this is what we have told him already.It's about our responsibility regarding a young player of 20 years of age. It's best for everyone that he stays one more year at SC Freiburg."

Arsenal won't be getting Ginter, but at least Dortmund won't either - at least not this summer anyway.

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