Arsenal & Liverpool target plays down transfer talk

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Arsenal and Liverpool defender target Ashley Williams has played down talk of a possible transfer this summer.

The Welsh international captain has been linked with moves to the Premier League duo, according to Sky Sports, with both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers reportedly keen on the 28-year-old centre back.

However, the Swans star insists he is only aware of the interest through paper reports, and is in no position to discuss a move away from the Liberty Stadium out of respect for everyone involved with the club.

"As far as I know. I don't know anything about it, I just read it in the papers like everyone else. I play my football for Swansea City and now I'm just going away and looking forward to a holiday,” he said, according to Sky Sports.

"I've said before, I'll take it as a compliment, it means you're doing your job well. I've done that this time. I haven't looked too far into it. The season's been such that since the cup final we've had so much work to do that I haven't really thought about it.

"If somebody comes in and the club want to do that you have to sit down with the chairman and talk about it. I can't really think about that at the moment, I play for Swansea City and I would never be disrespectful to the club, the fans and my team-mates.

"That's it really, I can't say any more than that."

Arsenal are expected to spend this summer, with money at the disposal of Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Defence is often pinpointed as the Gunners’ Achilles heel, and Williams would certainly add strength and ability, as well as an extra option, in north London.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are in the market for a centre back following Jamie Carragher’s retirement.

The veteran made his last appearance at Anfield yesterday (Sunday), whilst Sebastian Coates is yet to find his best form for the Reds.

Williams played under Rodgers during the Liverpool manager’s spell in charge of the Swans, and that previous connection could be key in a possible transfer battle this summer.

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