Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has little desire to return to the club when his loan deal with Hannover 96 expires as he looks to stay in the Bundesliga.
The Switzerland international joined the German club on a six month loan deal in January after starting just two games for the Gunners in the first half of the season, both appearances coming in the Capital One Cup.
The centre half has enjoyed a far more productive second half of the season where he has thrived in Germany, starting 14 games at the heart of the Hannover defence, which has led to the 26-year-old seriously considering a permanent move to the league.
German newspaper Bild report that Djourou has spoken to the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger regarding the possibility of a permanent move. It is suggested that a deciding factor may be whether or not Arsenal qualify for the Champions League next season, a matter that will be addressed by next Sunday.
Djourou is contracted to Arsenal until 2015, but his lack of first team opportunities at the Emirates upon his return may force his hand. Wenger's first choice centre back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have proven to be a resolute unit this season, and while club captain Thomas Vermaelen may currently find himself out of favour, he is likely to stand in front of Djourou in the pecking order next season should the Swiss international return.
Djourou could be one of a number of Arsenal players the club look to offload in the summer months. Currently the Gunners have Andre Santos, Emmanuel Frimpong, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young, Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson still on their books while plying their trade away from the club, with none of them likely to be in Wenger's squad plans for next season.