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Thomas Vermaelen may leave Arsenal this summer, agent confirms

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The agent of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that Napoli are just one of a number of clubs interested in acquiring his client's services this summer.

Despite still holding the armband at the Emirates Stadium, Vermaelen has been very much a back-up figure for Arsene Wenger over the last 12 months.

Both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have outperformed Vermaelen, leaving the Belgium international on the bench for the majority of Arsenal's games.

When Vermaelen has been called upon it has been to cover for injury or suspension. He has also been asked to fill in at left-back a number of times this season.

As a result, Vermaelen is rumoured to be looking to leave the Gunners in the summer with both Manchester United and Chelsea interested in signing the 28-year-old.

The player's agent, Alex Kroes, has admitted that a number of clubs from different countries have confirmed their interest in Vermaelen to him. However, he also said that Vermaelen would not make a decision on his future until after the World Cup.

"At the moment we are not thinking about it," Kroes is quoted by Goal as saying. "There's a World Cup to be played and we will postpone any discussions until afterwards.

"Yes, Napoli have been on the player and have stepped forward but other clubs have also shown their interest and not just Italian clubs.

"You cannot say, though, that the player is close to a transfer to Napoli.

"I repeat: wait until after the World Cup, where Vermaelen is going to do his best, then we will consider any kind of offer regarding his future."

David Moyes was linked with a move for Vermaelen shortly after Nemanja Vidic announced his impending departure from Old Trafford. Vidic will move to Inter Milan and Vermaelen was seen as a viable replacement for the Serbian.

Chelsea were linked with the player on Sunday as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster a flagging defence this summer. John Terry's future is up in the air after it was revealed he will have to accept a 50% wage cut to stay at Stamford Bridge and David Luiz has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

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