Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has scotched the hopes of Arsenal fans, suggesting he does not want to make a move to the Premier League due to England's bad weather. The Poland international was heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium over the summer, and recent reports suggested Arsene Wenger was still monitoring the player's development.
The Daily Telegraph reported last month that Manchester City were also ready to table an approach, after a series of performances that saw Krychowiak become one of the most highly regarded holding midfielders in Europe.
The two Premier League giants, however, suffered a blow in their intentions earlier this month when Krychowiak put pen on paper on a new deal that lasts until 2019, raising his release clause from £21.1m ($32.2m) to £31.6m.
Reports in Spain, though, indicated the deal was less about keeping the player at the club and more about ensuring Sevilla got a good deal from his sale in future. The club had a similar policy in recent years with players such as Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Ivan Rakitic, Alberto Moreno, Carlo Bacca and Aleix Vidal.
Estadio Deportivo added that Krychowiak has recently joined Stellar Group, who also serve as Gareth Bale's representatives. The group are based in London and have contacts at many Premier League clubs.
But Krychowiak has played down any link there, saying he is happy in the sun at Sevilla.
Asked about his future he said, as quoted by Estadio Deportivo: "I never had a favourite league, but a favourite player in Steven Gerrard. He has always been my idol, I have not had any other and I never thought of playing for a particular club, or in a particular league. I want to do the most I can to be the best player possible but I do not have a fixed destination."
While when asked about a move to the Premier League, he commented: "England? The weather is very bad there.
"I think I have grown as a player in the Spanish league, which is one of the most demanding for a defensive midfielder like me, because we cannot only be concerned with what's happening at the back; we have to be just as quick and agile as the players we are up against – players who are very technically gifted. If it were possible, I'd like to play against the top sides every week."