Ferraria plays down Arsenal defender exit

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Johan Djourou's agent has dismissed reports the Arsenal defender is set to join Serie A giants Roma in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League this season, after slipping down the first-team pecking order, but remains happy in north London and wants to stay and fight for his place.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is still a huge fan of Djourou, and values his versatility across the back line. When Napoli were linked with signing the Swiss international during the summer, the Frenchman was quick to point out that he wasn't for sale.

With Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny all ahead of him in the Arsenal queue, Djourou may have to be patient in his quest for regular action.

However, his agent Flavio Ferraria reiterated that his client has no desire to leave the Emirates Stadium, denying any contact from Italy.

"There has been absolutely no contact with Roma and I don't know where these rumours have come from," he told "I met Johan recently, but we did not talk about Roma because there's really nothing to say.

"There is no real possibility that he will leave Arsenal as he is contracted to them until 2015. However, we will evaluate the current situation in January."

Ferraria did acknowledge that Djourou would be keen to test himself in Serie A at some stage in the future, though.

"Obviously he would like to play in Italy because we have discussed this several times before, but he hasn't a preference for any specific club," he added.

"I think he would do very well at Roma because he is young and versatile and the most important thing is that he wants to play with continuity."

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