Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner believes centre-back Evan N’Dicka should ignore the interest being shown in him from other clubs and remain with the Bundesliga side.
Arsenal have been linked with a £19m bid for the 21-year-old this summer, but Hubner thinks the defender would be better off staying, with the club on course to play in the Champions League next season:
“He has a regular place with us. Here, he enjoys the trust of the coach. And his contract would also be well paid… Evan is still very young. Frankfurt is his first stop. He still has time to develop. Preferably in the Champions League. It would be extremely important for the status. Eintracht would automatically be a Champions League club – that stays in people’s heads and would also help Eintracht enormously in the years to come.”
Frankfurt are currently sitting in fourth place, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot and, if they do qualify, Arsenal would find it difficult to secure his services.
The Gunners are reportedly keen to strengthen their options at centre-half, with the likes of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi having left the club. Doubts over David Luiz’s future also mean signing someone like N’Dicka may be required.
After starting the season on the sidelines with a knee injury, the France Under 21 international has come back into the side to play a key role over recent months.