Berizzo warns Arsenal target N’Zonzi over commitmentDecember 19, 2017
Eduardo Berizzo has warned Steven N’Zonzi that he only wants a squad that is committed, after speculation linking the midfielder to Arsenal.
The French midfielder is reported to have stormed out of the stadium after being taken off in his side’s Champions League draw with English club Liverpool last month.
The La Liga side were 3-0 down at the break during the game but a superb comeback saw them fight back and earn a point.
The game itself was much talked about due to Berizzo’s diagnosis of prostate cancer, a problem which the Argentine coach has had successful surgery on this week.
However, N’Zonzi is also another talking point with the former Stoke City man now said to be training alone.
Diario AS report that the 28-year-old has been told not to come near the first team training facility and has now been left out of the squad for recent matches.
N’Zonzi is reportedly unhappy that he was unable to leave the club over the summer after plenty of interest from elsewhere.
And, it is now being reported that a move to Arsenal is on the agenda with the Premier League side set to trigger his release clause of €40m.
Marca cite a report in the Daily Mail that Arsene Wenger is prepared to pay €37m with a further €3m in bonuses.
Whilst the claims continue, Berizzo has opened up on the gossip and the future of the Frenchman.
“My way of thinking is for my teams to play collectively, and right now that does not include him,” N’Zonzi is quoted as saying by El Desmarque.
“I believe in a collective idea of a game and whilst not everybody has the same approach, the authority of the Coach is the authority of the Coach and I only want the best for my team.
“N’Zonzi is a great player but I only want a team where everybody is committed.”
Sevilla face Real Sociedad in their final game of 2017 on Wednesday night and it is expected that N’Zonzi will be left out of the squad for fifth successive league game.