Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli shuts down Real Madrid transfer speculation

Gabriel Martinelli has had an incredible debut season at Arsenal
Gabriel Martinelli has had an incredible debut season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has played down speculation that he could be set for a transfer move to Real Madrid.

Martinelli, 18, has had a phenomenal start in Arsenal colours following his £6.3million move from Ituano last summer, scoring ten goals in his opening 21 appearances to cement his place in Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans.

The Brazilian’s solo wonder strike against Chelsea last month will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans and will no doubt be a contender for the club’s goal of the season award.

Recent reports claim that Martinelli’s outstanding form has caught Real Madrid’s attention and the Gunners are ready to treble the youngster’s wages from £10,000-a-week to around £30,000-a-week in order to keep him at the Emirates.

Martinelli is reportedly on Real Madrid's radar
Martinelli is reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar (Picture: Getty)

However, the teenager has brushed off the recent rumours and insists he’s fully focused on Arsenal for the time being.

Asked whether he had heard from Madrid, Martinelli told Spanish outlet Marca: ‘No, nothing has come to me.

‘I am focused here doing my job at Arsenal and my head is here.’

Arteta has been blown away by Martinelli's talent
Arteta has been blown away by Martinelli’s talent (Picture: Getty)

Martinelli enjoyed a ‘dream’ two-week trial with Barcelona last summer but a move to the Nou Camp never materialised which led to him joining Arsenal.

‘Shortly before the Sao Paulo Cup I spent a few days training in Barcelona. I spent 15 days there,’ he added.

‘Barcelona invited me to train with them in La Masia, but afterwards, they didn’t want to do anything with me, they didn’t tell me anything. I went back to Ituano, I played Copinha and then I came to Arsenal.

‘To see how they train, know the structure of the club, the city… it was a dream come true. I even trained with Ansu Fati and we became friends.

‘He helped me a lot there and is now playing in the main team. He is a boy who deserves everything that is happening to him. He is super humble and welcomed me really well there.’

Martinelli says he looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo as a role model as he admires the Juventus forward’s relentless desire to get the best out of himself.

‘My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Martinelli said.

‘I admire him very much for the strength of will he has, for the way he works and for everything… for the individual and collective awards he earns.

‘He is a guy who does not conform, he always wants more.

‘That is what I want for myself: to always be conquering things. He is a great example of that.’

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