Backpage Roundup: Sagna on RVP, Vertonghen, Dempsey and Bendtner

Sagna Confident RVP Will Stay, Wants M’Vila Signed Too

Bacary Sagna is confident that Arsenal will be successful in their attempts to secure captain Robin van Persie’s long-term future and has urged the club to also sign Rennes’ defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila in the summer transfer window.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sagna said: “I’m confident Robin will stay. He was a complete professional from the beginning until the end and helped us into third. We want to keep him. Everyone is so grateful to him for what he’s done for the club and how important he is. He is our captain and he takes his role and responsibilities very seriously. He gives everything as a player and captain.”

The former Auxerre man then talked up the quality of M’Vila and said that his game would be a perfect match for the Gunners.

M’Vila can make a great impact. I’m not sure about his English but it took me time to learn. But I think he would suit us as well. Arsenal is a French-speaking team and it will help him settle. I think we can be contenders this coming season. We showed a lot of people what we could do last season,” Sagna added.

 

Vertonghen Not Ruling Out Arsenal Move

Ajax centre-half Jan Vertonghen has said that he is open to signing for Arsenal this summer, even though his heart is set on a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs have lodged a bid for the big Belgian defender, who has also held several meetings with their officials, including their chairman Daniel Levy. But an agreement between Ajax and Spurs hasn’t been reached yet, with the Dutch giants unwilling to settle for anything less than the quoted price of £12.5 million.

This impasse has led Vertonghen to ponder other options and he has hinted that if Arsenal can successfully negotiate a transfer fee with Ajax, then he would have no qualms about playing for them from next season.

In an interview with the Daily Star, Vertonghen said: “I’ve said repeatedly that Tottenham are my first choice, but the talks haven’t progressed. They have shown me around, I have met all their key people and their chairman came to meet me on Monday.

“But Arsenal want me too. They remain a possibility if my Spurs move falls through, as Ajax are asking €15m for me. That is a lot of money for someone with just a year left on his contract.

 

Arsenal Target Dempsey Desperate For Champions League Football

Just a week after being linked with a move to Arsenal, Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey has said that he is desperate to play Champions League football from next season.

The American international only has a year left on his existing deal with the Cottagers and a contract extension has been offered to him by his current employers, although The Sun doesn’t think he will sign it.

In addition to the Gunners, clubs such as PSG and Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in acquiring his services and he has now admitted that the chance of playing Champions League football could lure him away from the Craven Cottage.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Dempsey said: “I am grateful for everything Fulham have done for me, some of the best memories I have in soccer have been there, but the fact remains that I want to play in the Champions League. I want to play at the highest level possible.

“I want to do as much as I can in my career and look back and say I made the most of all the opportunities I have had. I am always going to want to play in the Champions League.”

 

Bendtner in No Hurry to Decide Club Future

Arsenal’s out-of-favour striker Nicklas Bendtner has said that several clubs are interested in signing him, but he will decide on his club future only after this summer’s European Championship. (ESPN)

The 24-year-old wants all of his focus to be on Denmark’s Euro 2012 campaign and so finding himself a new club is not his immediate concern. He is not in coach Arsene Wenger’s plans any more, which is why it is unclear where he will be plying his trade from next season.

Despite scoring just eight times in the recently concluded BPL season, Bendtner claims that there are plenty of clubs interested in signing him.

“Yes, I have talked to other clubs. I have told all the clubs that I want to wait until after Euro 2012. We have got plenty of time to sort out the future,” he added.