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The Ajax defender - a former team-mate of Thomas Vermaelen - has confirmed that he would welcome a move to the north London club, whom he describes as ‘magnificent’

Ajax defender and captain Jan Vertonghen has admitted his interest in Arsenal and stated that he would welcome a move to the north London club.

The 24-year-old Belgian has impressed for Ajax this season and become the subject of increased transfer speculation, but he has highlighted his preferred destination.

“Arsenal are a magnificent club and I hear a lot of good things about English ­football. If a club of ­Arsenal’s calibre can reach an agreement with Ajax, then I will gladly go over," he told the Daily Mirror.

“I have instructed my agent carefully. He knows which clubs I want to join, and Arsenal are one of them.”

Vertonghen added that no deals have been made as of now.

“I haven’t signed anything with them yet," he said. “But I went to watch them against Milan, together with my Ajax team-mate Siem de Jong, after ­[Thomas] Vermaelen invited us."

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