Arsenal’s Julio Baptista has denied reports claiming he he is unhappy with life in England.
The Brazilian forward is currently on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid with Jose Antonio Reyes moving in the opposite direction.
Baptista was quoted earlier this month bemoaning life in England and in particular the standard of play in the Premiership.
“I’ve never said that I wanted a second chance with Madrid,” Baptista told the Independent. “Neither did I say that I hated London or Arsenal.
“If I stay here next season I’m sure with Arsene Wenger I will develop and get better as a player and not missing the pre-season with an injury like the one I had at the start of this season will also help me.”
After a slow start to life in England, not helped by a number of injuries he sustained shortly after his arrival, Baptista has begun to shown signs of the form that persuaded Real Madrid to sign him from Sevilla in the first place.
“I have three years left on my contract at Real Madrid and I am on loan at Arsenal – they are two great clubs,” added Baptista.
“It would be wrong of me to say I didn’t want to be at either. I just want my future sorted out and if I stay at Arsenal then hopefully I can show the fans my very best form.
“If I can be lucky and avoid injury then I hope I can get back to the way I played for Seville.”