GEREMI IN DARK OVER ARSENAL INTEREST
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Cameroon international has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real try to trim their wage bill and both Arsenal and Chelsea are keen to sign the versatile right sided defender, who can also play further forward.
Arsenal view the player as a long-term replacement Lee Dixon, who is expected the club after next season,
Chelsea were believed to be in the frame for the tough-tackling defender when Geremi admitted he would consider a move to Stamford Bridge, but Blues managing director Colin Hutchinson has dismissed the reports.
The Gunners are favorites to land the player as they already have Geremi's international team-mate Lauren Biscal at Highbury and they will be hoping his presence will persuade the player to join them should he leave Madrid.
The 22-year-old, who helped The Indomitable Lions win the Olympic title and African Nations Cup, has lost his place in the Real side to Spanish international Michel Salgado.
Should the Spanish champions sign long-term transfer Javier Zanetti from Internazionale it would push Geremi further down the pecking order and maybe make him consider his options.
Geremi admitted that although he was happy at not playing more regularly he was content to stay at the Spanish giants if they do not want to sell him.
"I know nothing of the reports," said Geremi. "It is my agent Lucidio Ribeiro who controls my affairs and they must speak to him.
"I do not know anything of Arsenal's interest nor of Lauren and I am very happy to return to Spain to be part of Vicente del Bosque's plans.
"At the moment nobody has spoken to me from Madrid and I will speak to them to tell them I want to stay here. If they do not want me, they will have to tell me and they still have not done that."
The player also revealed that should be placed on the bench for next season he would accept it and carry on as Madrid is one of the best clubs in the world.
"I would accept being on the bench as Madrid is a great club in which any player would want to play for," said Geremi.
The loss of versatile Argentinian defender Nelson Vivas to Internazionale has left The Gunners need to sign some defenders all the more urgent and Highbury boss Arsene Wenger is determined to bring in quality defenders to the club this season as he tries to rebuild the side's aging defence and Geremi would fit the bill.