Yet, almost immediately, rumours started to drip through that this was far from the case, with Spanish newspaper, Marca, one of the first to report Madrid’s adamant refusal that a transfer had been agreed.
Now, the final say in the matter has come from the striker himself who, speaking on the Real Madrid official website, said,
“I feel a lot of confidence from the (assistant) coach, Zidane, the entire coaching staff and the club. I am 21, I’m happy at Real Madrid and I want to be here long. A player always wants to play and the coach has shown me trust. He has brought me into a lot of games that were hard and I am very happy. I have to repay the confidence they have in me. “
The 21-year-old’s words will surely put paid to the Arsenal rumours for the at least the winter; with Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger perhaps pulling focus onto a revised bid for Sao Paulo striker Alexandre Pato, or to securing a deal for Barca man, Tonny Sanabria?