Thomas Vermaelen rules out Manchester United move

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has dismissed suggestions he is set to sign for Manchester United after the World Cup.

New United boss Louis van Gaal is keen to bring in at least one new central defender following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and Vermaelen has been heavily linked.

The Belgium international had a frustrating season with the Gunners as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny kept him out of the side, and there is a good chance he will spend more time on the bench in the forthcoming campaign.

United could offer him the chance of a move to Old Trafford, and some reports say that terms have been agreed between the two parties and it just needs to be sanctioned by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

However, Vermaelen has dismissed such reports and says he is staying focused on the World Cup for now.

“I know there has been a lot of talk and a lot of rumours but the only thing I can say is that it’s not true,” he said.

“Everybody understands my situation at Arsenal and that I have one year left.

“I understand that people are going to talk but I am here in Brazil and I am enjoying my time and I’m focused on what I am doing.”

Vermaelen may be playing down the reports but he is sure to be tempted by the chance of regular first-team football under van Gaal at Old Trafford.

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