He said: “Arsenal have offered me a new contract. But it is not all about the size of the contract or the money. It is about playing football.
“I could go back there and sit on the bench, but I think I would have a much better chance of playing regular first-team football if Derby were to be promoted.
“I have three options as I see it. I can go back to Arsenal at the end of the season, stay here or go back to Italy. But if Derby are promoted, then I would have a greater opportunity of playing.”