Celta Vigo star Nolito says Arsenal and Barcelona are yet to make an approach regarding a January move despite reports linking him with both clubs. The Spain international, nevertheless, has refused to rule out either side but insists he is happy at his club.
Barcelona have been linked with the 29-year-old winger since it emerged that manager Luis Enrique had earmarked his signing as a top priority to fill the gap left by Pedro Rodriguez, who moved to Chelsea, having managed him at Vigo and in the Barcelona second team.
The Mirror recently suggested the Gunners were ready to battle for his services in the January transfer window after the player attracted the attention of manager Arsene Wenger with an impressive start to the season, scoring five goals in seven La Liga games.
Reports have since claimed the north London club may have an advantage to secure his services due to Barcelona's financial struggles, with Mundo Deportivo claiming the Gunners plan to make him an "astronomical bid" and triple his wages to convince him to shun a move to his former side.
Nolito has tried to clarify the situation during an interview with AS, where he admits football in the future is always uncertain. Asked whether Arsenal have made an approach, he said: "I don't know. If Arsenal want me, I do not know if they have spoken to Celta but not with me. And Barcelona either.
"Honestly I cannot talk about the future because you never know what will happen. The only truth is that I belong to Celta. I'm very happy here. There have been many rumours about since last year but I'm still in Vigo."
Celta Vigo sporting director Miguel Torrecilla recently claimed the club were on the verge of rewarding Nolito with a new deal that will see his release clause increasing from £13.2m ($20.5m) to £18.4m. Some reports have since suggested the player is holding off signing the deal to facilitate a January departure.
Nolito said: "The club knows what is missing with my agent and when they reach an agreement it will be signed. We are in a free country and everyone can think what they want. I have always been clear. I have my principles and is someone has any doubts is their problem."
The Spain international claimed during the summer that he would only leave Vigo to return to the Nou Camp. However, with Arsenal now in the race, he refused to rule out a move somewhere else. He said: "I honestly do not know. You never know what can happen in the future. All I can that today I'm very happy in Vigo and that my idea is to continue at Celta."