Vermaelen refuses to commit Arsenal future

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has refused to comment on his long-term future, even after attracting transfer interest from the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Napoli.

Sky Sports reports how the Belgium international has found regular football difficult to come by this season, after falling down the first-team pecking order in north London.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has preferred to play Laurent Koscielny alongside Per Mertesacker at the Emirates Stadium, but insists that Vermaelen still has a future at Arsenal.

The 28-year-old centre-back still has 18 months to run on his existing contract, but having started just three Premier League games for Arsenal in 2013/14, might opt to leave the club when the transfer window reopens this summer.

A switch to Camp Nou has been mooted for Vermaelen, as Tata Martino begins his search for a successor to the soon-to-be-departing Carles Puyol. However, Barcelona could face competition from Rafa Benitez in Serie 'A', as he too looks to strengthen his back line at Stadio San Paolo.

Reports in The Sun over the weekend also suggested that David Moyes might be interested in bringing the Arsenal outcast to Old Trafford at the end of the season, with Nemanja Vidic set to leave Manchester United for Inter Milan upon the expiry of his contract.

Despite all the speculation, Vermaelen remains reluctant to discuss his future, explaining in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws: "It makes no sense to talk about it now. I have learned to make no long-term plans, so I won't say anything."

The defender's agent, Kees Vos, was equally noncommittal when asked if there was any truth in rumours linking his client with Manchester United, Barcelona and Napoli.

"We can't say anything on that matter," he added.

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