Espanyol enquiry rebuffed
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
JULIO ARCA'S agent Daniel Bolotnicoff has exclusively revealed to planetfootball.com that Sunderland have turned down an offer for the Argentine winger and that the player has no desire to leave the North East club.
La Liga side Espanyol were reportedly willing to offer over £3 million, although this seems doubtful due to the financial situation at the Barcelona club, to prise Arca away and contacted Sunderland officials about his availability, but the Wearsiders rejected any bid for their left-sided midfielder.
Bolotnicoff confirmed that Espanyol chief Javier Clemente had made enquiries: "Espanyol phoned the club to see what his situation was at Sunderland, but they said they did not wish to lose the player and that he was not available."
Black Cats boss Howard Wilkinson has only just welcomed Arca back from a lengthy injury and sees the 21-year-old as an important part of his plans to help steer the club away from relegation.
When asked if the player was unhappy with life in England, Bolotnicoff answered: "No, he loves it at Sunderland. The fans love him and he adores them.
"He has settled down well in the area, and he has another three years to run on his contract, and is happy to see it out."
It is welcome news at Stadium of Light and the club's fans will be pleased to hear that Arca is totally committed to their cause.
When probed as to whether Arca may change his mind if Sunderland were relegated from The Premiership, Bolotnicoff stated emphatically: "No. He will not go even if the club are no longer in The Premiership.
"Julio is very happy, he did not want to go to Spain, he does not want to go anywhere.
"He is happy and wants to do well for Sunderland."