Emiliano Buendia speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer speculation

Arsenal transfer target Emiliano Buendia celebrates after Norwich's Championship clash with Barnsley
Emiliano Buendia is on the radar of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)

Norwich star Emiliano Buendia says he dreams of playing at the ‘highest level’ and is flattered to attract interest from such ‘important’ clubs, with Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa reportedly weighing up summer moves for his signature.

Buendia, 24, suffered relegation with the Canaries last season but helped the club regain their Premier League status at the first time of asking with 15 goals and 16 assists across an outstanding 2020/21 campaign in the Championship this term.

The Argentine’s sublime form made him a top target for Arsenal in the January transfer window as Mikel Arteta scoured the market for a creative midfielder to boost his underperforming squad for the second half of the campaign.

And while the Gunners went on to secure a six-month loan for Martin Odegaard instead, the Gunners have revived their move for Buendia are in talks over a possible deal – with the former set to return to Real Madrid.

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Norwich are now resigned to losing Buendia and are demanding a fee of around £40million for their prized possession, who was named Championship Player of the Season last month.

‘You always dream of being at the highest level and in the best teams in England, Spain and Europe,’ Buendia told AS Argentina when asked about the speculation surrounding his future.

‘You dreams of challenging for titles, it is an ambition that I have.

‘It’s a source of pride that important clubs are interested in you as it means that you are doing things well and it provides motivation to continue working and one day achieve it.’

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Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Buendia (Picture: Getty)

Buendia, who received his first call-up to the Argentina national team this month, has been inspired watching the performances of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes in the Premier League this season.

‘Since I was a child I was passionate about football and you grow up with players you watch,’ he added.

‘Today in England I pay close attention to Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes, who are key players for their teams and among the best in the world.

‘There is no maximum age to continue learning from the best.’

Emiliano Buendia celebrates after Norwich match
Buendia has notched up 15 goals and 16 assists in the league this term (Picture: Getty)

Asked where he feels most comfortable playing, Buendia replied: ‘My position was always No.10, hook, between the midfield and the forward.

‘I was always a passer but in a professional way I played more outside and always with the freedom to be able to associate. 

‘But I feel most comfortable is in the middle of the pitch where I can touch the ball more and associate with my team-mates.’

Norwich secured immediate promotion back to the English top flight with a six-point lead over Watford at the top of the Championship table and Buendia has greatly ‘enjoyed’ the club’s ‘special’ season.

‘It’s special. Last year was complicated and it left a bad taste in the mouth,’ he went on.

‘Reversing that situation knowing how complicated the Championship is a difficult task and the club gave me a great opportunity, as did my team-mates. 

‘It’s been very enjoyable and it was a great year.’

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