Arsenal’s Edu has confirmed that he will leave Highbury, with the midfielder almost certain to complete a move to Spain before the end of the transfer window.
The Brazilian has refused to extend his contract which expires in June and Arsenal would prefer to sell him now for a nominal fee rather than let him go for nothing in the summer.
Several clubs in Spain, including Valencia, Barcelona and Real Madrid are reported to be vying for his signature.
“I just think I have better proposals from other clubs, so now I’m sure I want to leave,” Edu told the Daily Mail.
“I would like to go as soon as possible. It’s good for me to go now and good for Arsenal because Arsene has said that he is not going to play me if I don’t sign.
“I’d like to go to Spain, but you never know. I have other situations to look at too.
“We’re talking about the biggest clubs in Spain, but there are only a fewdays left before the end of January, so I have to keep a cool head and decide well.”
“I like the way that the game is played in Spain and I think the quality of the championship is better than Brazil.
“You can see some very skilful players and Brazilians seem to settle well in the league.
“I am 100 percent recovered from my injury, but Arsene [Wenger] left me out because I would not sign my deal.
“I didn’t like that very much, but I should respect it.”