Arsenal teen defender target issues 'ultimate dream' blow to Wenger

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Arsenal defender target Stefan de Vrij has revealed his ambition to play for Barcelona.

The 19-year-old centre back has impressed in the Eredivisie after breaking into the first team at Feyenoord, leading to speculation that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was considering a move for the player.

However, De Vrij has now dashed the Gunners' hopes of securing a move by snubbing any possible switch to England.

"It'll be best for my career to move to Spain or Germany when I decide to leave Feyenoord," the player told NUSport.

"Teams from those countries show better build-up play than English teams. It's my ultimate dream to eventually join Barcelona. I think I have what it takes to end up at a club like that at some point in my career."

Capped at U17 level for the Dutch, De Vrij is contracted at De Kuip until the summer of 2012, with claims already surfacing that the Rotterdam based outfit could look to cash-in on their young star.

Arsenal are known to be in the market for a defender, with Wenger failing to secure the services of a player in the position during the January transfer window.


Per Mertesacker, Chris Samba and Jan Vertonghen were all linked with an Emirates move at the time, but Arsenal failed to land any and also missed out on emergency loans for players in the position.

De Vrij is the latest defender to deny Arsenal and the versatile teen, who can also play in the right back position, seems set for big things in football.

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