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Koscielny refuses to join Arsenal’s preseason tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel with the squad for its preseason United States tour, the English Premier League club said yesterday.

The 33-year-old French center back has one more year on his contract and British media reported that Ligue 1 clubs Girondins Bordeaux and Olympique Lyonnais were interested in signing him.

“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our preseason tour,” Arsenal said in a statement. “We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”

Koscielny, who joined Arsenal from French side Lorient in 2010, has made over 350 appearances for the London club.

Arsenal is set to play Colorado Rapids, who are also owned by the club’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, on Monday before facing Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

Meanwhile, Liverpool has tied down UEFA Champions League hero Divock Origi to a new long-term contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

“Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool Football Club by signing a new long-term contract at Melwood today,” Liverpool said in a statement without revealing details over the length of the deal.

The Belgium international has largely been a peripheral figure at Anfield since signing from Lille in 2014.

However, he came to the fore by scoring twice in a remarkable 4-0 win over Barcelona in last season’s UCL semifinal, second leg to overturn a 0-3 first-leg deficit.

Origi then scored again in the final victory over Tottenham Hotpsur as Liverpool won the competition for a sixth time.

“It’s a story really only football can write,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“We wanted to sign him again, to extend the contract, and the nice thing is he wanted to as well. He realized it was a tough time (but) we never gave him up in that time.”

Origi had entered the final 12 months of his old deal and was reportedly stalling on the offer of a new one because of concerns over playing time.




 

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