Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has said he would be open to a move to the Bundesliga if an approach from a German side is made.
The centre-back was told by Gunners boss Unai Emery that he could leave the club in the summer but he started his first match of the season in the 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. Asked after the game about his future, the 27-year-old said:
“I won’t say that it isn’t a thing but I am always [focused on] what makes sense for me. I have got a wife and two kids, so they have to agree as well. When a German club shows interest and it suits me, then I am open for it.”
Mustafi was pretty frank about his situation at Arsenal. Despite being deemed surplus to requirements by the manager, the German said he wasn’t going to kick up a fuss and wants to concentrate on his football:
“My father, who is my agent, spoke to the club. I am an Arsenal player and [I have] still got two years’ contract. I’ve never been someone who begins a war when something doesn’t work out. I always said: ‘If it is possible, I am open to take the next step. If not, I keep playing my football.'”
“The manager said he sees me the same way he sees every player in the team. That’s why I played today and that’s it. We [are] going to see what the future holds.”
The defender did perform well against Frankfurt last night and his professionalism certainly can’t be called into question. It’s likely that he’ll continue to play in Europe and in the cups when Emery opts to rotate the side. Whether there’s a way back for him to start in the league, it remains to be seen.