Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan responds to Arsenal transfer link

Joan Jordan insists he is ‘super comfortable’ at Sevilla after being linked with a move to Arsenal.

The 26-year-old is a key figure at the heart of Sevilla’s midfield alongside Ivan Rakitic and former Manchester City midfielder Fernando.

Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield options in the January transfer window having already bolstered his squad with the arrival of Thomas Partey in October.

According to reports, Arteta has identified Jordan as a top target, while Arsenal are ready to pay Sevilla’s £32 million asking price.

But Jordan, who joined Sevilla from Eibar in a €14m (£12.5m) in June 2019, is adamant that he is only focused on his performances for his current club.

‘In the end, these are just things that come out, like the many things that were said, the rumours, when I was at Eibar,’ Jordan told Estadio Deportivo.

‘I have always been very clear about the present… the future does not feed me, it takes away from me and does not give me the energy I need.

‘My mind is genuinely here in Sevilla and on the derby. I am at a super ambitious club, and I have nothing more to say because I really am super comfortable here, like I was when I arrived here.

‘Things can come out, but I tell you my mind today and the people that know me can back me up, it’s not that I’m avoiding the question just that really, my mind is on the derby.’

Speaking earlier this week, Arteta made it clear that he is keen for Arsenal to bring in new signings as soon as possible.

‘For all managers, the quicker you do the business the better because it buys you time,’ Arteta said.

‘Every player is going to need time to adapt. It’s about the qualities this player is bringing; what is the past of the player, has he been in a different country, has he played in the Premier League, does he speak the language, does he get familiar to certain styles of play?

‘There are a lot of conditions, in my opinion, that can affect whether a player can straightaway have an impact or not in a team.

‘For me, they are really key things to consider before making any steps to bring in anybody in January.’

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