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Lucas Perez agent clarifies Arsenal exit rumours

Lucas Perez is unhappy with his limited first-team opportunities at Arsenal but is not angling for a move in the summer, according to his agent.

The Spanish forward wants to stay and fight for his place. Credit: PA

The 28-year-old has started just eight games in all competitions for the Gunners this season having signed from Deportivo La Caruna in August.

Perez was originally offered to Arsenal earlier in the off-season but manager Arsene Wenger resisted as he was hopeful of landing Leicester and England man Jamie Vardy instead.

Vardy opted to remain at the King Power Stadium so a move for Perez, who registered 17 LaLiga goals last term, was resurrected.

But despite spending a reported £17million, Wenger has limited Perez's appearances and the Spaniard has played a largely peripheral role in the squad.

Reports he will therefore look to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the campaign are wide of the mark however, according to agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, who had been quoted on an Italian website declaring such intentions.

Lovelle told Press Association Sport when asked about Perez's future:

Like any professional, he wants to play. When one does not play he is not happy but we knew it would be difficult and it is a long contract.

Lucas has this contract with Arsenal and he wants to succeed there. No-one has spoken of a move.

– Fernandez Lovelle


Clattenburg to stay in Premier League for three months

Mark Clattenburg will continue to referee in the Premier League until the end of the season.

Mark Clatternburg will officiate in the Premier League until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia but the official will remain in English football for the rest of the current campaign.

The Premier League have appointed Clattenburg to take charge of Saturday's game between West Brom and Bournemouth at the Hawthorns.

And Press Association Sport understands he will be continue to be considered for fixtures until the summer.

However, it is also understood that commitments relating to his new role in Saudi Arabia, as well as the fact he will not be refereeing in England next season, could limit the number of matches Clattenburg is appointed to.

It had been expected that Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

The 41-year-old is considered one of the top referees in English football after taking charge of the Euro 2016 final, Champions League final and FA Cup final last season.

Clattenburg will replace another former Premier League referee in Saudi Arabia. Howard Webb resigned from his position as head of refereeing there earlier this month, and will take up a role with Major League Soccer next month.

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