Elia reveals Arsenal interest

Juventus' new signing reveals contact from Arsenal before signing

Elia: Had several options from England to consider

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Dutch winger Eljero Elia has revealed that Arsenal showed an interest in signing him before he joined Juventus.

The 24-year-old moved to the Italian giants on deadline day but says there were a number of English clubs interested in him.

Elia has been playing in the Bundesliga for Hamburg after moving from FC Twente in 2009.

He told www.onsoranje.nl: "My agent did have contact with Arsenal, but it took too long. I had no contact with Arsene Wenger.

"Wigan, Everton, Fulham and Newcastle had fairly concrete interest."


The Holland international also turned down a move to Galatasaray and said: "Financially, it was a good option. I asked the coach what he thought of the idea of me playing in Turkey. He said I would be out of the view of the scouts.

"I value his opinion. The Dutch team is very important to me.

"That's partly why I chose Juventus, to get high-level play. He told me to go to England, but Italy was good too.

"I used to have a Del Peiro shirt; I was also a big fan of Fabrizio Ravanelli. It's great to play with a legend like Del Peiro."