Liverpool & Arsenal target welcomes interest

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Liverpool and Arsenal target Ashley Williams is happy that he is being linked with such prestigious clubs and was coy over his future at Swansea City.

According to the Daily Star, both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have been keeping an eye on Williams’ situation at the Liberty Stadium, with a view t possibly making a bid.

Arsenal were reportedly close to agreeing a deal for the 28-year-old Wales captain, but baulked at the £10million price tag being demanded by last season’s League Cup champions.

The Gunners could be looking for some extra defensive cover after captain Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out for a lengthy period with a back injury.

However, Williams was reportedly a boyhood Liverpool supporter and was a key player when Rodgers was manager at Swansea, taking them into the Premier League and impressing so many with their playing style.

The Anfield boss will be hoping to use this connection to gain an advantage if it came down to a bidding war between Liverpool and Arsenal, though Wenger can offer the chance of Champions League football.

Williams believes the speculation reflects well on him but would not say whether his future lies away from Swansea.

“It means you're doing something right and people are talking about you at least,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Star report.

"I take it as a compliment. I don't really read the papers and that type of thing.

"You don't really know, as that's the future, and I can't really say. Different circumstances determine different things.”

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