Friday, March 24, 2017

Bendtner refuses to rule out Spurs move; AS Roma want to keep De Rossi

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who is currently on loan at Italian champions Juventus, has revealed that he may be open to joining bitter North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur if he is forced to exit the Emirates Stadium next summer, Sky Sports understands.

Bendtner, 24, spent last season on loan at Sunderland, and is currently on a season-long loan at Juventus after falling out-of-favour with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The Denmark international has not had the best of times at the Juventus Stadium. In fact, he has yet to score for the defending Serie A champions, despite featuring in seven matches, albeit just two starts.

“History is filled with examples of players moving between rival clubs and I can’t rule out clubs due to where I might have been in the past,” Bendtner told bold.dk.

“It might not be the best idea but if the project matches my ambitions I would have to be interested.”

Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas are two former Arsenal players who now play their home matches at White Hart Lane. Could Bendtner be the next player to make the North London switch? I certainly would not put it past him.

“I still have a great relationship with London, which is a city that I adore,” added Bendtner.

“I have a lot of friends in London and there are a lot of great clubs in London, so I wouldn’t rule out a return.”

AS Roma want to keep De Rossi

AS Roma are no longer interested in selling defensive midfielder Daniele de Rossi, according to the club’s sporting director Franco Baldini.

De Rossi, 29, is without a shadow of a doubt the linchpin of the Giallorossi’s midfield.

Baldini previously revealed that he would listen to offers for the Italy international, but he’s retracted his comments, insisting that he was a bit ‘careless’ with his original remarks.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, a self-proclaimed long-term admirer of De Rossi, was probably the happiest man on the planet when he heard that Roma would listen to offers for the Italian midfielder, but that happiness has surely left the building.

I think he’ll settle for returning to the top of the English Premier League, at least for the time being.

“Maybe I was a bit careless and that has led to this situation, but Roma does not want to sell De Rossi,” Baldini told Rai Sport.

“I answered a question about what I would do if offers came in. But once and for all, we are not interested in selling.”

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