Arsenal goalkeeper David Opsina has told Colombia AS that he wants to carry on learning his trade in North London despite heavy speculation over his future.
The Colombian international had a successful campaign on a personal level last season, dislodging Wojciech Szczesny as the club’s number one and putting in a number of fine performances.
However, the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea has placed his future into doubt, with recent reports in talkSPORT claiming both Everton and La Liga giants Valencia are interested in his services.
Speaking to the press ahead of his return to the UK, Ospina revealed he had proposals on the table but decided against leaving the Gunners in order to grow at the club.
“It was my decision. There were offers on the table, but I decide to stay continue with the responsibility of growing at Arsenal. I want to continue learning and achieving my goals,” he explained, as quoted by Colombia AS.
Despite the arrival of Cech, Ospina will still get game time with fellow shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny heading to Italian side Roma on a season-long loan deal, as suggested by manager Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's official website.
A number of clubs nowadays, especially Barcelona and Real Madrid, have two excellent goalkeepers to combine league and cup duties – a role Wenger will likely adopt this season.
Cech will be the club’s number one in the Premier League and Champions League, yet Ospina will undoubtedly feature in both cup competitions as well as any dead-rubbers in Europe.