The 28 year old has found first-team football hard to come by this season, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to partner Per Mertesacker with Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Gunners defence.
His agent Alex Kroes has admitted that a number of clubs from different countries have confirmed their interest in the Belgian, but that the defender would not make a decision on his future until after the World Cup.
According to Goal.com, he said
At the moment we are not thinking about it. There’s a World Cup to be played and we will postpone any discussions until afterwards.
Yes, Napoli have been on the player and have stepped forward but other clubs have also shown their interest and not just Italian clubs.
You cannot say, though, that the player is close to a transfer to Napoli.
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I repeat: wait until after the World Cup, where Vermaelen is going to do his best, then we will consider any kind of offer regarding his future.
Vermaelen has spent more time on the bench than the turf this season. His dip in form and the subsequent blossoming partnership of Mertesacker and Koscielny has led to the club captain’s limited game time. He now finds himself as backup rather than the first name on the team sheet.
He has played a vital role recently helping the Gunners against Everton and Bayern Munich when he had to fill in for injured teammates. His display in Germany was particularly commendable considering it was at left-back, where he undoubtedly feels less comfortable. In fact, on every occasion he has been picked this season, he has done very well.
Vermaelen could easily have struggled when thrown in at the deep end for big games without a run in the side. But he hasn’t looked at all out of place when called upon this season and this has surely helped put to bed some of the excessive criticism he received at the back end of last season and the beginning of this campaign. He deserves immense credit for that. It would be great to see him stay, but if he decides to leave then hopefully we can see him lifting a trophy in an Arsenal shirt before then.
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