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Thomas Vermaelen agent confirms interest from Italian clubs

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The agent of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has confirmed his client is attracting interest from several clubs in Italy, fuelling speculation that the defender could leave north London this summer.

According to the Daily Star, an exit for the Belgium international is looking increasingly likely, after falling down the first-team pecking order during the 2013/14 campaign.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has opted to play Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as his preferred centre-back pairing, leaving Vermaelen out in the cold and spending the majority of last season on the substitutes' bench.

His representative Alex Kroes revealed that the 28-year-old would wait until after the World Cup before making a decision regarding the future, having been included in Marc Wilmots's squad for this summer's showpiece tournament in Brazil.

Vermaelen is unlikely to be short of admirers, with a number of suitors in Serie 'A' keen to land the Arsenal skipper ahead of next season.

"Several Italian clubs have shown an interest," Kroes told La Repubblica. "We will wait for the World Cup before we discuss anything regarding his future."

The former Ajax man - who managed just 14 Premier League appearances last season - refused to commit either way when asked whether he would still be a Gunner at the start of 2014/15 by journalists in the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup final showdown with Hull City.

Vermaelen is likely to start from the bench again at Wembley this weekend, but victory could prove a fitting end to the Belgian's five-year career at Arsenal should he decide to move to Italy later this summer.

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