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Also coveted by Porto in Portugal, Lopez affirmed that he would be in Sarandi for the next six months after the Brazilians were rebuffed by club directors

Arsenal de Sarandi have reiterated their desire to keep star defender Lisandro Lopez in Argentina, rejecting an approach from Internacional to take the talented youngster to Porto Alegre.

Ole confirmed that the Sarandi-based side dismissed a formal bid from Inter, who are keen to sign the player who is considered one of the best young centre-backs in Argentine football.

Club director Fernandao even travelled to Sarandi to negotiate with the club, but their approach was rebuffed as Arsenal intend to keep him at least for 2012's Copa Libertadores campaign.

Lisandro himself affirmed that he was planning to stay at the club, who signed him from Chacarita Juniors in 2010, for at least the next six months, although he admitted that beyond June his future was less clear.

"I will play the next six months here, I am very happy and thinking about our three competitions," the 22-year-old explained, referring to the Clausura, Libertadores and Copa Argentina campaigns.

"Inter's interest is the most concrete, I was also called from Porto and some other teams that have been in touch but the offer was not what the club were looking for."

Lopez has been an immovable member of the Arsenal backline since arriving at the age of 20, and his prowess at set pieces has also seen him notch eight goals in the 18 months he has spent in Sarandi.

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