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The midfielder, who has one year remaining on his contract, had been touted as a replacement for Ander Herrera at Athletic Bilbao, but Inaki Ibanez has dismissed talk of an exit

Mikel Arteta's agent has rubbished speculation the midfielder could be set to leave Arsenal.

The Spaniard - who has just one year remaining on his contract - is reported to be a target for Athletic Bilbao following Ander Herrera's big-money move to Manchester United last week

Arteta started his career as a trainee at Barcelona and also spent a season with Bilbao's rivals Real Sociedad. and his representative, Inaki Ibanez, has rubbished talk of a return to his homeland.

Ibanez told El Mundo Deportivo: "This is totally false. Mikel has no interest in leaving Arsenal."

The 32-year-old joined Arsenal in 2011 after six years at Everton and captained the team as they ended their nine-year trophy drought by beating Hull City in the FA Cup final in May.

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