Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner explain why they are leaving Arsenal this summer
Written by Renzo on May 24, 2011 4:30
Arsenal are almost certain to lose midfielder Denilson and striker Nicklas Bendtner during the summer transfer window.
Speaking to The Sun, the Brasilian revealed he met with manager Arsene Wenger who will not stop him from leaving the club as he added that the reason why he decided to leave Arsenal and England is to have the opportunity to play more and secure a regular place with the Brasilian National team.
I went to see [Arsene Wenger] and told him of my decision and he understood. He says he will not stand in my way and if the club receive a good offer for me I can go. I was so relieved to hear that. I am very grateful.
Not every manager would have been like Arsene Wenger, not every club would act like Arsenal. I know in a year’s time I might regret it and be wishing I’d stayed. I may go somewhere and find it’s just not the same.
But my heart tells me I have to take that risk, I have to be honest with myself, be true to myself. I am a footballer and I want to play every week because I want the chance to play for Brazil.
Look at Lucas at Liverpool. He’s been playing regularly and he’s in the Brazil team. That’s where I want to be.
I would love to be able to do that at Arsenal but based on how things have gone this season, I think it’s time for a change. So I am flying home to Brazil on Sunday and I’m hoping I can make a fresh start in Spain or maybe Italy.
Meanwhile, according to Thomas Bendtner, agent and father of the striker, the Denmark International has also asked the Club to leave as similarly to Denilson he also wants regular football, something that he failed to get at Arsenal this season.
For Denilson, Italy and Spain seem to be his preferred destination with Bendtner keeping an eye on Germany with reports suggesting that Bayern Munich and Hamburg are both ready to land the 23-year old.
On his son’s future, Thomas Bendtner said:
Nicklas needs to play if he is to develop and that means he needs to leave Arsenal. It doesn’t appear that his situation (as a substitute) is going to improve.
Nicklas isn’t ruling out a move to the Bundesliga, he would easily find a good club there. But we have to find a solution that’s best for him.
Bayern Munich has been mentioned (as a possible destination) in the past but I can affirm that at this moment there has been no contact with the club.