'This is my home' - Carlos Vela explains Arsenal snub

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Carlos Vela has explained his decision to remain at Real Sociedad.

After weeks of negotiations Arsenal have finally come to a final agreement over the future of their former forward Carlos Vela.

The Mexican left Arsenal for Real Sociedad on a permanent deal two seasons ago - but The Gunners retained a buy-back clause in his deal for a fee in the region of €3 million - a bargain considering the player he has gone on to become at the Anoeta.

Vela has banged in the goals and racked up the assists in San Sebastian and it was rumoured Arsenal were ready to bring him back to North London and give him the chance he never got previously at The Emirates.

However any hope of that passed yesterday with the official confirmation from Real Sociedad that they had agreed a deal with The Gunners to sever the buy-back clause, with around £8.8 to £12 million heading into the Arsenal coffers as compensation.

For Vela it is an expected end to a transfer saga. Whilst he recently stated he would not be afraid to return to England he has always maintained that his desire is to remain in Spain.

He is currently on his holidays, after controversially rejecting a call-up to play at the World Cup with Mexico

But he had this to say regarding his decision to remain at the club:

"I've always said that this is my home. I am very happy in San Sebastian, which I told the president when he asked for my intentions. We knew it would not be easy, but thankfully it is resolved and all parties are happy. This club, this team has the ambition to make it better, and I am convinced that we will perform an exciting year.

"Now I get to enjoy my last days of vacation with my family to come with great force and to prepare this great year in the best way. "

Sociedad are in the Europa League next campaign thanks to Sevilla winning the competition and Vela will be hoping for success on the continent as well as at home. For Arsenal they can now begin moving on from the past, and begin building for the future.

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