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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen, after he expressed his desire join the Gunners.

Vertonghen, 23, firmly established himself in the side at the Amsterdam Arena last season, with his performances receiving praise from Johan Cruyff among others.

A dynamic left-footer, the Belgian international usually plays at the heart of the defence, but is equally comfortable as a holding midfielder or left-back. His way into the Godenzonen starting line-up was paved after the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Arsenal last summer – and his international team-mate is attempting to persuade him to follow suit.

"I lost a friend when he went to Arsenal but for my career it was good. We get on really well. I speak to him sometimes a few times a week,” Vertonghen told the Sun.

"I see him with the national team and he sometimes comes back to Amsterdam for a few days when he is free and we hang out together.

"He is one of my best friends and I'm very happy he has been such a success at Arsenal. He tells me really good things about Arsenal and living in London.”

However, the former RKC Waalwijik loanee has cooled speculation linking him with a transfer to the Emirates this summer, but he would be open to a reunion with Vermaelen in a year’s time.

He said: "I heard they [Arsenal] made an enquiry along with a few other clubs. I read something in the newspapers,

"I have always said to myself I want one more year at Ajax, hopefully become a champion and then move.

"I am ambitious. I want to play in the Premier League.

“The Premier League is my favourite competition but I need one more year before I am ready. I always said I don't want to move this year so the clubs never came to me.

"They always went to Ajax and the club always said they didn't want to sell me so I will stay for another year."

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