Bendtner wanted by 'biggest clubs'
Arsenal striker's father claims widespread interest
Last Updated: September 3, 2009 9:06am
Bendtner: Reported interest
Nicklas Bendtner was wanted by 'the biggest clubs in the world' before he signed a new deal with Arsenal, according to his father.
The 21-year-old Denmark international put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
His father Thomas, who also acts as Bendtner's agent, claims the forward could easily have been on the move this summer, with reports suggesting Barcelona, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich were monitoring his situation.
Bendtner chalked up 50 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 15 goals and is likely to get more opportunities this term following the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City.
"Many clubs wanted to sign Nicklas, and some of them are among the biggest clubs in the world," Bendtner snr told the Daily Mirror.
"It would have been very easy to find a new, great club for Nicklas and when the biggest clubs join in then it is really flattering.
"But he was never in doubt that what he wanted most was to stay at Arsenal.
"He is so happy with his new contract, and the most important thing is that in Arsene Wenger he has a manager who shows him a lot of confidence."
Meanwhile, Philippe Senderos failed to secure a move away from the Gunners before the transfer window closed at 5pm on Monday.
Senderos, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, had been strongly linked with a move away from North London but will now hope to force his way back into Arsene Wenger's plans.
He told The Sun: "I am staying put and that's all there is to say on the matter."