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The Kenyan's former academy coach has revealed Arsene Wenger has made contact with the Scottish giants and adds that the 21-year-old wants to move to north London

Arsenal have a "big interest" in signing Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama this summer, according to the midfielder's former academy coach.

Wanyama rose to prominence around Europe with a series of impressive displays in the Bhoys' Champions League run this season, including scoring a towering header in a famous home win over Barcelona.

And Jean-Marie Abeels, who nurtured the Kenyan in his JMJ Youth Academy just outside Nairobi, has revealed the Gunners have made his former pupil a top target.

"Victor’s father Noah calls me almost every week and he tells me Arsenal’s interest is big," Abeels told the Daily Mail.

"Wenger spoke to Celtic around a month ago and Victor’s father and his mother Mildred says he would prefer to go there before any other club.

"I will be speaking to his parents again in a week’s time and Victor also. But I already know that Arsenal have a big interest in the player.

"Everything can change in a minute. It takes just one phone call. It’s all a bit of a show at the moment. It’s all a game. It’s all about money. But Victor wants to go to a club where he will play.

"He is still young and I have told him he needs to be careful about when he takes the really big step. I think myself that it’s better that he has a step in between before going to the really big level.

"Celtic play nice football. But every competition is different and the Premier League is the really big one. It’s just a question of what level Victor goes to.

"Robin van Persie went to Arsenal then moved on later to Manchester United. Victor can do the same if he goes to Arsenal. And I believe that is what he wants. He wants to go to Arsenal."

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