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Wenger: Toure happy to stay
02 Jan 2009 - 14:50:05
Arsene Wenger insists Kolo Toure is happy at Arsenal despite the club rejecting a transfer request from the Ivory Coast defender.
Toure, 27, asked to be placed on the transfer list having lost his regular starting spot to Johan Djourou in recent weeks.
Wenger turned down the surprise request and claims the central defender is now happy to stay at the Emirates Stadium and fight to win back his starting spot.
"The situation is that Kolo is a player who has two-and-a-half-year contract and will remain with us," said the Frenchman.
"I am happy with players who are committed and Kolo is a big example.
"There was a minor incident that you can multiply by 20. It happens every day in every club which is sorted out. Kolo is happy here.
"We have a very young and compact squad and I don't expect anybody to leave."
Toure moved to north London in February 2002 and has gone on to clock up around 300 appearances for Wenger's side.