Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has hinted he could be tempted to leave the Gunners for Athletic Bilbao and says he is “keeping his options open”.
Monreal moved to north London from Malaga in 2013 and has become a key figure for Arsene Wenger’s men.
The defender, who signed a new deal with Arsenal back in January, turns 31 in February and says he could be tempted to return to Spain.
“I have great affection for Athletic who have always shown interest in me but I think only about the present, not what could happen in the future although I am keeping all my options open,” he said according to El Desmarque.
“I have some good friends already at the club such as Raul Garcia”.
Monreal is currently on international duty with Spain for the games against Macedonia and England having been recalled by new coach Julen Lopetegui last month.
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The defender made his first appearance for Spain since 2013 in October starting in the 2-0 win over Albania and says he is thrilled to be back on the international scene.
He explained: “My situation for Spain has been a bit strange, coming and going, but now I am delighted that for Lopetegui.”
Monreal has been in fine form this season for an Arsenal defence that has conceded just 11 goals in 11 games. As he approaches the end of his career it is perhaps little surprise to hear he is contemplating a future back in Spain but he does not appear in any hurry to leave Arsenal.