Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has admitted that he doesn’t think he is good enough just yet to join a side like Arsenal.
The Premier League giants are keen to sign a new holding-midfielder with fears that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are nearing the end of their careers, and the Leverkusen-man was Arsene Wenger’s number-one option.
However, it was revealed yesterday that the German international was happy to remain in Germany and wanted to see out the rest of his contract in the Bundesliga, and today, Bender has admitted that he doesn’t think he’s good enough to play for Wenger’s side.
He said: ‘I signed my new contract until 2019, and that should have told everyone how happy I am at Leverkusen.
‘I feel settled here and see no reason to change anything.
‘In fact, if I am to be completely honest, I haven’t had a brilliant season and don’t feel ready yet to take on a pivotal role at a big club somewhere else.
‘I need to keep working on my game, and I am going to do that here at Leverkusen. That suits me, and I am happy with that.’
It was reported that Wenger was ready to spend up to £20million on the 25-year-old.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles