Arsenal target Gabriel Paulista's manager discusses future of his player

Marcelino refuses to criticise Garbriel for his recent comments in the press about a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista this week. Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal are interested and can sign him for £15 million, the release clause in his contract with Villarreal. Now his current club boss has had his say.

A couple of days ago the player fuelled the flames of the fire by stating that his agent was in talks with Arsenal. The Guardian reported these quotes from the player:

"Whether I go to Arsenal or stay at Villarreal, I won’t lose my head. I’m very calm.

"My head is at Villarreal and I’m very focused. My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.”

So what has Villarreal boss Marcelino had to say about this?

The Yellow Submarine manager appeared open to the idea of him leaving, if it is his wish, and insisted he was not angry with the 24-year-old former Vitoria star. In quotes from Inside Spanish football he states:

“I wasn’t upset by what Gabriel said. Every footballer has their own opinion. I’m not annoyed because it’s his way of thinking and acting. He’s tremendously noble and an exemplary professional. His head is here and he wants to keep demonstrating his worth here. On a sporting level, we’d like him to stay but we need to see his views and what the proposal is.”

Arsenal have had some problems at the back this season. Laurent Koscielny has struggled with an Achilles injury while no replacement was signed for Barcelona-bound Thomas Vermaelen. Injuries and suspensions have seen the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal fill in at the heart of Arsenal's defence.

So the signature of Gabriel would undoubtedly be a welcome one and it seems Marcelino is not going to prove much of a stumbling block.

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