Arsenal transfer target Pedro Neto sends clear message on his future

The Gunners want to provide competition for Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal transfer target Pedro Neto sends clear message on his future
Pedro Neto is back to his best after a long-term injury
Pedro Neto is back to his best after a long-term injury (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal transfer target Pedro Neto has played down the chances of him leaving Wolves in January.

The Portugal international was targeted by the Gunners 18 months ago as they looked to provide Bukayo Saka with top quality competition for his place.

Wolves, however, point blank refused to enter into negotiations with Arsenal who ultimately opted against signing another winger.

Neto subsequently missed the majority of last season with a serious knee injury but has hit the ground running this term and appears to be back to somewhere near his best.

With Arsenal still unhealthily reliant on Saka whose run of 87 consecutive Premier League starts came to an end earlier this month, speculation is mounting that they are set to make a renewed effort to sign Neto when the January transfer window reopens.

Arsenal are keen to sign competition for Bukayo Saka
Arsenal are keen to sign competition for Bukayo Saka (Picture: Getty)

Neto is adamant that he is committed to Wolves, however, and is enjoying life under new manager Gary O’Neil who took over from Julien Lopetegui in the summer following his sudden departure.

‘I want to say that I am here and I will help everyone,’ he told Telegraph Sport. ‘I love the club and everybody here, I have always felt that it has given a lot to me.

‘I’m enjoying the moment here so I will continue to do that. The future and long-term ambitions don’t matter. We will never go down in any situation, we are here to win and fight. I feel really good at the moment and hope to continue.

‘I feel even better than I was before. A player that has confidence is a different player: I always had it but Gary has given me even more.

‘I play football because I love it, but the game is what it is because of the fans. When I get the ball and they are pushing me and expecting something special, it’s such a good feeling.

‘He’s a manager who always says to the players that he is behind them. He’s always telling me to take my one-against-one, go against my men and be confident and that the team will always be there to help me,” he says.

‘Even in pre-season under Lopetegui I was feeling really good and when Gary came in, I felt it could be the starting point again to go where I want to go.’

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