Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez says striker Karim Benzema was never on the market because he is "fundamental" to the club.
The Frenchman was a confirmed target for Arsenal before he ended speculation with a tweet earlier this week.
According to reports, the Gunners were ready to offer more than £40m to secure the player's services.
But Benitez was full of praise for the 27-year-old ahead of the home clash with Real Betis on Saturday night.
"Benzema is a great player," he told reporters.
"We need him to have continuity. He is fundamental for us in attack."