Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Central defender's future to be decided after World Cup says his agent

Thomas Vermaelen's future will not be resolved until after the World Cup, his agent has claimed.

The Arsenal captain will have one year remaining on his deal at the end of the season and he is widely expected to leave north London to secure more first team football.

Vermaelen has been unable to force his way back into Arsene Wenger's starting line up due to the form of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielney,

The defender, who has only made 20 appearances for the Gunners this season - including seven Premier League starts,  has been attracting the interest of Napoli.

But his agent Alex Kroes says the 28-year-old, who moved to north London from Ajax in 2009, has plenty of options.

Kroes told The Times:
"Yes, Napoli have been on [about] the player and have stepped forward, but other clubs have shown their interest and not just Italian ones. 
"You cannot say, though, that the player is close to a transfer to Napoli.  
"Wait until after the World Cup, where Vermaelen is going to do his best, then we will face any kind of discourse for his future."

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