By Nick Teale
 
Laurent Koscielny says he is still considering which national team he would like to represent.
 
The defender has been approached by Poland, who he is eligible to play for due to his heritage. However the 24-year-old is not yet ready to end his hopes of representing France.

"I'm still thinking about it but I need more time to make my mind up," he said.

"My grandfather was Polish. He emigrated to France and unfortunately over time we lost the language, the roots.

"The Polish FA asked me to collect documents and do some paperwork required to obtain citizenship. But I haven't made the decision if I want to play for them.
 
"I am open for negotiations."
 
The defender hopes his move to Arsenal could further his international prospects and is clear on which country he would prefer to represent.
 
"When you play for such a big club as Arsenal, it helps you to reach the international level quicker," he said. "I don't want to lose a chance of playing for France.
 
"That is my priority. I want to play in the French national team."
 
Koscielny also rebuffed the suggestion that France's World Cup performance may have deterred him from representing Les Bleus.

"No, I do not think so," he responded. "I do not take into account the results of the French team. I will take a decision based on my feelings and what is in my heart.
 
"The question is ‘do I want to play for France or Poland?' I am not looking at the French performance at the World Cup."

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