£34m Chelsea, Arsenal strike target denies he has decided to quit club

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Jackson Martinez has denied he has decided to quit FC Porto at the end of the season.

Jackson Martinez is a footballer with the world at his feet right now. He's into his second prolific season in Europe, and has a chance to lead the line for Colombia at the World Cup with Falcao struggling for fitness.

Not only that but his £34 million release clause has two of the big Premier League sides in Arsenal and Chelsea strongly linked with a summer move for his services.

He is hitting a little stumbling block at present, his 21 goals for the season drying up, five games without a goal - but like all forwards of his calibre, he's expected to come through it - even Diego Costa had a similar spell at the start of the year, while Luis Suarez ended a similar run at the weekend.

He switched agents in November and has batted off Porto's attempts to get him to sign a new contract - with an even higher release clause.

This, accompanied with a loss of form has led to speculation and worry his head is elsewhere as he is already thinking about a summer move.

Currently on international duty with Colombia, ahead of their Wednesday friendly with Tunisia, Martinez told national news outlet Caracol Radio that he had not made any such decision.

He stated: "I have not thought about it. I'll wait to finish the championship, but not for now there is nothing concrete.

"Anyway, I have a contract until 2016."

"We do not know what I'll do if I go out, or stay. Already, my thought is to continue to grow each day to get as strong as possible."

His uncertain future offers hope to Chelsea and Arsenal, while it's far from certain that he has decided to leave, it's clear that the situation could go either way.

Perhaps it would have been better for all parties for Martinez to do a Vidic, and inform his club of his desire to move so the rumours can quell somewhat and everybody knows where they stand, yet given the fact his release clause is a high price and his form is dipping, he would be gambling on a club being prepared to pay it, which didn't happen last summer.

For the clubs competing for his signature, his detail of a lack of any concrete offers provides insight that if they get their acts together and make contact first, then the striker may just look favourably upon them.

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