Arsene Wenger denies been aware of Thomas Vermaelen’s injury problems.
Arsenal Wenger revealed some post-sale details of former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to Spanish giants Barcelona last summer.
Vermaelen joined the Catalan club in August 2014 after spending five years at Arsenal and has failed to properly register his name on the team sheet as a result of one injury to the other.
The 29-year-old Belgium international had his last two seasons at Arsenal blighted with various injuries which led to a decline in his performances for the Gunners, costing him his place in Wenger’s starting eleven even as the captain of the team.
Vermaelen who lost his place in the team to a fine partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny went on to complete a £15 million transfer to Barcelona.
But reports according to the Daily Mail claim that the Gunners could further profit from Vermaelen’s transfer if the Nou Camp outfit eventually clinch the Uefa Champions League title next month.
A reported sum of £3 million has been sounded out as a fee the Gunners would receive should Barca defeat Juventus to claim the title. And Wenger, when asked of this claims refused to answer the question.
“You have somebody who checks all our contracts! I have to [check] the contract, I cannot tell you that.” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
The boss was also asked if he was aware of Vermaelen’s constant injury problems and he said:
“Honestly no [I did not know about that]. Thomas Vermaelen left for one single reason, in the end he did not get the number of games and he is a top-quality player. Then we could not predict he would be injured for such long time.”
“I hope for him and for Barcelona next season he can play. He is back in full training and I am sure he will show next season that he can play.” Wener added.
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