Arsenal star Thomas Vermaelen set for future talks

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Thomas Vermaelen will seek assurances over his place in the Arsenal first team before agreeing to sign a new contract, reports the Daily Mail.

The Arsenal captain has played a bit-part role under Arsene Wenger over the last 12 months after losing his place to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

With his contract set to expire next year, Arsenal are keen to extend his deal before the World Cup in the summer, but Vermaelen will seek assurances from the Frenchman before committing his long-term future to the Gunners.

His long run outside the starting XI has led to speculation that he could quit Arsenal in the summer with Manchester United reportedly keen to take him off their hands.

David Moyes is looking to rebuild his defence this summer, along with most of the Manchester United team, and has highlighted Vermaelen as a potential successor to Nemanja Vidic.

Vidic is set to leave for Inter Milan when his contract expires in the summer while the future of Rio Ferdinand, whose contract also expires, remains in some doubt. However, interest from Old Trafford has not been enough to tempt Vermaelen into seeking a transfer away from Arsenal.

Despite warming the bench for the last year, Vermaelen is still keen to remain with the north London outfit; he is settled in the capital and does not want to upend the life he has built for himself since moving from Ajax in 2009.

Vermaelen has already been assured by Belgium manager Marc Wilmots that he will be involved in his World Cup squad regardless of his involvement at Arsenal. The 28-year-old still wants assurances from Wenger that he will be given a chance to reclaim his first team spot before signing an extended deal.

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