Reported Arsenal target Mustafi tweets message as he returns to Valencia training

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal

The Germany defender is in England preparing for matches against two Premier League sides.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goalGermany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring against Ukraine

Shkodran Mustafi returned to training with La Liga giants Valencia on Monday, as he continues to be linked with a switch to Arsenal this summer by the likes of the Mail.

Valencia are set to take on Bournemouth in the coming days, and then Crystal Palace at the weekend as part of a two match visit to England.

The 23-year-old is said to be the defender Arsene Wenger wants to sign to ease the burden on his squad after Per Mertesacker's long term injury, but if Mustafi is hoping for a switch he certainly showed no signs of it as his club posted pictures of the player smiling happy as he returns to club football.

Mustafi himself also tweeted a picture, with a message suggesting he has looked forward to meeting up with his Valencia teammates.

The Germany international played two games at the European Championships this summer, starting the World Cup winners' first match of the tournament and scoring his first goal for his country in the process, as part of a 2-0 win over Ukraine. He also came on in the semi-final defeat against France.

The defender famously spent three years at Everton as a youth team player, failing to convince then manager David Moyes of his quality and instead moving to Sampdoria in Italy, where he would initially catch the eye and earn a shock inclusion to Germany's World Cup squad for Brazil. Valencia bought him after that summer, and he went on to impress during his two seasons at Los Che.

With Valencia training in England ahead of their friendly matches, Wenger may be eager to get a deal done over the next few days if he is serious about a move.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates after scoring their first goalGermany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates after scoring

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