Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident Emmanuel Adebayor will stay at the club despite speculation linking him with a move to Milan.
The Togo international has long been linked with a move to the San Siro, with rumours that the Gunners could accept a big-money offer to generate transfer funds for the summer.
But Wenger believes the 25-year-old, who joined Arsenal in 2006, will remain in North London for the new season.
“If he does not want to stay, he will leave but I think that he will be still at Arsenal this season,” the Frenchman told RMC.
Wenger has also admitted that he would consider Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh as a possible Adebayor replacement.
Asked if the Morocco international is of interest, he said: “Yes, but only in the event of a departure.”
Wenger has also confirmed that he was tracking Karim Benzema before Real Madrid had a €35million offer accepted for the Lyon striker.
When asked which French players he admired, Wenger said: “There is one who interested me but he (Karim Benzema) left for Madrid.
“I did not make of approach because I would never have thought that Lyon would sell this year.”