Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen says that he is not reading too much into the transfer rumours linking him with a return to the Premier league since his only concentration now is the Euro 2016 with the Belgian national team.
The Belgian international moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for a considerable transfer fee of around £ 15 million. However, he has been one of the biggest disappointments for the Catalan club in the recent memory after managing only 11 appearances so far. His time at the club has been curtailed by numerous injuries, but Vermaelen has managed to be successful on a personal front.
Despite having featured very little for the club in the last two seasons, he has already won the La Liga title twice, Copa del Rey twice, Champions League once, Super Cup once, and the FIFA Club World Cup once. Thus, the trophies that he has amassed in the last two years might point out to a great career, but it has largely been as a result of the club being successful while carrying Vermaelen. It is understood that Barcelona are looking forward to part company with their injury prone defender. Signing a stable option will strengthen the squad significantly. Vermaelen has been linked with a move to Liverpool.
“It’s not that I want to leave Barcelona but the last few weeks and months have been a bit disappointing because I haven’t been getting a lot of playing time.It’s not that I’m thinking about leaving at the moment. I’m just focused on my national team.The last couple of weeks and months were a bit disappointing for them but before that they had a great season.I thought they had a big chance to win it this year and hopefully next year they can go on and win it,” said Vermaelen.