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Bender rejects Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen stay

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has rejected interest from Arsenal.

After being quizzed about Arsenal's interest, the 25-year old insisted he would not be heading for The Emirates.

"I signed my new contract until 2019, and that should have told everyone how happy I am at Leverkusen.

"I feel settled here and see no reason to change anything. In fact, if I am to be completely honest, I haven't had an overly brilliant season and don't feel ready yet to take on a pivotal role at a big club somewhere else.

"I need to keep working on my game, and I am going to do that here at Leverkusen. That suits me, and I am happy with that."

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