Vermaelen's agent denies Arsenal exit rumours

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The agent of out-of-favour Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has denied suggestions he is set to leave north London in January, ruling out the possibility of a move to Italy, reports Football Italia.

Vermaelen has been heavily linked with a move away from the Premier League leaders when the transfer window reopens, after losing his place in the first-team.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger appears to favour a partnership consisting of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, meaning the club captain has been restricted to a bench role.

The Belgium international began the 2013/14 campaign at the Emirates Stadium sidelined by injury, but his failure to regain his centre-back position in the starting XI will be cause for concern, particularly looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Juventus and Napoli have both been credited with an interest in the versatile Arsenal defender, but Vermaelen's representative Alex Kroes has played down any talk of a possible transfer.

"We do not want to take part in this 'game'," Kroes told NapoliCalcioLive. "I want to distance myself from, and deny, these rumours. I deny absolutely everything."

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