Arsenal target Gregory van der Wiel aware of Barcelona and Real Madrid interest ahead of Holland's World Cup 2010 opener

Yet Dutch starlet would welcome a move to the Premier League...
Arsenal target Gregory van der Wiel has admitted that whilst he would be delighted to link up with the likes of Robin van Persie at the Emirates he is also aware that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in him.

The 22-year-old full-back is currently in South Africa with the Dutch squad where he has established himself as a prominent fixture in the side despite only breaking into the Ajax starting line up in the 2008-09 season.

After a string of impressive performances Van der Wiel, who can also play at centre-back was given the Johan Cruyff Award for 'Dutch Football Talent of the Year' at the end of last season, an honour previously handed to such players as Inter's Wesley Sneijder, Real Madrid's Rafael van der Vaart and Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.

Premier League big-guns Arsenal  are among a large selection of teams rumoured to be monitoring the Netherlands international, and the player has previously admitted he would welcome a move to England.

"Of course it's nice to read that Arsenal are interested," said Van der Wiel.

"I consider myself a good fit for the Premier League.

"Robin van Persie  has told me many stories about the Premier League, Arsenal and Mr [Arsene] Wenger. Maybe he can put in a good word for me."

Yet Van der Wiel has also claimed that the two La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested in acquiring his services, explaining:  "I know that Barcelona and Real [Madrid] are interested, but now I am only thinking about doing well at the World Cup in South Africa."

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