Cult favourite and former Arsenal striker 'Lord' Nicklas Bendtner has moved to calm fears that he will be leaving current club Rosenborg BK after putting his house up for sale, revealing that he only intends to move after being spied on by a drone.
Bendtner - who has scored a respectable 24 goals in 47 appearances since arriving from Nottingham Forest - bought the 547 square metre Trondheim property in 2017 for 18 million Norwegian Krone (£1.7m/$2.2m), and was happy with the purchase until the recent invasion of privacy.
News that the 30-year-old had put the house up for sale caused an understandable stir amongst the Troillongan (The Troll Children) faithful, but Bendtner has said that it does not mean he is leaving the club.
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“My girlfriend and I were lying around and having a Harry Potter marathon,” the former Gunners man said in an interview with Adresseavisen.
“Then we went to make some tea and I turned off the television for a short while. Then I heard a strange noise coming from outside.
“'What the hell is this?' I thought.”
Of course, the sound was emanating from a drone, which Bendtner says has forced him to resort to blocking out the outside world until he moves to a new place.
“I've been forced to keep the curtains closed. I don't know how this is possible at all.
“Regardless, you definitely shouldn't see this as any kind of signal about my future at Rosenborg.”
Bendtner has been involved a few controversial incidents in his career, the most recent being in September in which the striker allegedly broke a taxi driver's jaw in Denmark.
He said at a press conference: “As you've been able to read in the press for the past couple of days, I was involved in an extremely unfortunate and uncomfortable incident.
“I could not in my wildest fantasies imagine that it would develop as it did, and, of course, I'm extremely sad that the outcome became as unfortunate as it did.
“To Rosenborg fans, I regret that this has happened. From the start, it has been a pleasure to play for Rosenborg's faithful crowd, and I have made it my honour to make them proud of myself and the team.
“To the club, I'm sorry with all my heart that we are standing here today. Rosenborg has been more than a good club to me. It felt like a new home and a new family, as I needed more than ever a change of air and a new start.
“The black and white kit is close to my heart, even when I'm not wearing it.
“Due to the pending legal case, I can't comment further, but instead must refer to solicitor Anders Nemeth.”