By Chris Harris

Vito Mannone has dismissed reports that he wants to return to Italy and insists that he sees his long-term future with Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has made a strong start to the new season, stepping in for the injured Wojciech Szczesny to make seven appearances in all competitions.

Mannone, who kicked off the campaign with clean sheets at Stoke City and Liverpool, was recently linked with a move back to his home country. The Italian put the record straight in an interview with Arsenal Player.

"I want to make it clear, because there have been unfounded rumours, that my contract is not ending in 12 months," said Mannone.

"I've got a few more years and I'm happy to be at Arsenal right now. I'm looking at the present and my future is not in doubt.

"I want to stay at Arsenal as long as I can, I don't want to move to any other club."

Mannone has been capped by Italy at under-21 level but has yet to break into his senior national side. He hopes to realise that ambition one day.

"Obviously it is a dream for everybody to play for your country and I wish one day that I can join the senior team," he said.

"But at the same time it is great [to have an international break] because if you have any knocks and injuries it gives us the time to recover. It is a great time for recovering our bodies and getting ready for when the league starts again.

"You try to focus on having a good break because as soon as the players come back from their national teams you start all over again and there are games every three days. You need to be ready for it."

Watch the full interview with Vito on Arsenal Player.

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