Arsène Wenger has praised Julio Baptista for putting the needs of the Arsenal team ahead of his desire to secure a permanent move to Emirates Stadium.
The burly Brazilian attacker is on loan from Real Madrid and his manager told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday that the next 10 games would decide whether he stayed in the summer or went back to Spain.
With Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie out in the long term it would seem Baptista will get an extended run in the side from now until the end of the campaign. But, Wenger argues, the 25-year-old is taking an altruistic approach.
"Julio has a good spirit and, after Eindhoven, we are more concerned to get good results back than about individual performance," said Wenger. "He is right in that frame of mind and he will work hard for the team even if it damages his efficiency."
"[His future] depends on Real Madrid as well. It is linked [with Reyes, who is on loan at the Bernabeu]. He is injured at the moment with a knee problem. Spain finishes later than us they end in June so I don't know what they will decide.
"Jose wants to stay in Spain and Julio enjoys it very much with us. The passion, the spirit and the fact he plays in the team. He is very positive about his experience here."
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