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Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen confirms he is ready to leave Sampdoria

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Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen has decided he is ready to leave Sampdoria this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen believes it is ‘time to further his career’ amid significant transfer interest from Arsenal.

The north London club are reported to have failed with a joint £44million bid for the Denmark international centre-half and his Sampdoria teammate Dennis Praet.

Tottenham have been long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, meanwhile, while Andersen’s former Sampdoria coach, Marco Giampaolo, is said to be keen to bring him to Milan have been appointed as Gennaro Gattuso’s successor earlier this month.

‘It could be time for me to further my career,’ he told Goal. ‘I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.

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‘There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.

‘It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me. I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.

‘I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them.

Arsenal have also registered an interest in Joachim Andersen’s Sampdoria teammate Denis Praet (Picture: Getty; Metro.co.uk)

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‘I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.

‘I have learned a lot. I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education.

‘But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.

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‘My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!’

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