Carlos Vela will not return to Arsenal this summer his agent has confirmed, despite the existence of a clause that could see the Gunners buy the forward back.
The Mexican international spent seven years on Arsenal's books, taking up various loan spells in addition to enjoying runs in the first team, before joining Real Sociedad last summer.
After spending a season on loan at Sociedad during the 2011/12 campaign, Vela has excelled since making the move permanent, scoring 14 goals last season as the Basque club enjoyed a fantastic campaign, culminating in a fourth place finish to clinch a Champions League spot.
Vela himself revealed the existence of the clause that could see Arsenal buy him back this summer, but his agent Eduardo Hernandez has dismissed the idea of his client returning to the Emirates.
""I had a chat with the people at La Real after the game where they sealed their qualification for the Champions League," Hernandez said, ESPN report.
"They told me they are very happy with Carlos and that they want to keep him, despite Arsenal's buy back option. I am sure that we will see Carlos there, although this will not end until August."
Vela turned out for the Gunners between August 2008 and January 2011, sandwiched between a succession of loan moves. Despite an emphatic start, injuries and the inability to hold down a first team spot in Arsene Wenger's side saw his time at the club come to an end.
Having also spent time out on loan to Salamanca, Osasuna and West Brom, Hernandez believes Vela is now finally beginning to show what he is capable of.
"I believe that, with work, he has the most of the talent he has," Vela's agent added.
"He has shown on the pitch just who Carlos Vela is. There are lots of rumours about and parties, but this year he has been praised by the Spanish media."