Belgium and Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he does not know where he will be playing next season, after reports surfaced that he could be set to leave the Emirates.
Old Trafford could be a suitable destination for the Belgian with Manchester United and Louis van Gaal looking to strengthen in central defence having lost two experienced centre-backs in the shape of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Also, with the impending departure of Patrice Evra at left-back, somebody like Vermaelen who can cover at left-back would help United to replace him immediately.
“I really do not know where I will play, Arsenal or elsewhere next season,” Vermaelen said.
“All my attention went to the World Cup. I will see when I talk with Arsenal.”
The 28-year-old joined Arsenal from Ajax for £10m in 2009 and cemented his place in the heart of the Gunners’ defence after taking over the captaincy from Cesc Fabregas in 2012 but has more recently struggled to maintain a spot in the first team, having only made seven league starts last season which followed suit at the World Cup as he only played 30 minutes of football.
A lack of opportunities, coupled with the fact he is in the last year of his contract, could once again force Arsenal’s hand into selling if Vermaelen continues to stall over a new contract.
However, it appears that the Belgian is not Louis van Gaal‘s top target. Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels would be many fans’ first choice centre-back signing but with the German likely to stay at the 2012 Bundesliga champions, Vermaelen would be a decent alternative if he can prove and maintain his fitness.
Hummels, Di Maria, Vidal then we are set. Vermaelen won't win us the league
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