Kieran Tierney expects Arsenal exit as Celtic hero drops transfer move preference

Kieran Tierney
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Kieran Tierney admits it's unlikely he has a future at Arsenal as he plotted a permanent transfer to La Liga.

The Celtic icon. 26, has been plying his trade on loan at Real Sociedad and has thoroughly enjoyed his Spanish romance since arriving back in summer of last year. His chances of a return to the Gunners at the end of this term are not good with a number of options for manager Mikel Arteta already in at the Emirates.

But the Scotland cap is not bitter about the scenario. Instead, KT has opted to focus on what he can control and that's being prepared for whatever comes at the end of his current loan.

"There is every chance (I'm finished at Arsenal)," he told the Athletic. "Look at the squad depth in that position now. They have (Oleksandr) Zinchenko, (Jurrien) Timber, (Takehiro) Tomiyasu, (Jakub) Kiwior. Four players can play there. So if I go back and it’s the same as before then I’m not silly, I know the chances are I’ll be leaving. But you never know in football.

"You get the rare case with (William) Saliba, where he came back after a couple of good seasons (out on loan) but you don’t see it too often with someone who has played for four years, left, and then come back to play again. Stranger things have happened. I could go back and there is a place for me. So I’m prepared for both.”

On his next move, KT had a few ideas. He added: “You get one career and you don’t know how short or long it is going to be, so you have to try everything and make the most of it. I could see myself playing in Spain or Italy. I love La Liga. It’s a great league and I’ve enjoyed this season a lot. I don’t want to be jumping about to loads of different places, though. I want to get used to it and adapt to it so I can kick on.”