English clubs vie for Icelandic star

goal 150x150 English clubs vie for Icelandic starArsenal and Aston Villa are fighting Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus for the signature of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 22-year old Icelandic midfielder has shone on-loan at Swansea since arriving in the January transfer window, his three goals and three assists instrumental in the Welsh club’s recent successes.

After a high-profile spat with Hoffenheim manager Holger Stanislawski, Sigurdsson had been deemed surplus to requirements at his parent-club, with the German side looking to recoup the £7 million they paid Reading for his services in 2010.

However, with the recent arrival of Markus Babbel as a replacement for the recently-dismissed Stanislawski, a reconciliation could be possible. Sigurdsson himself has refused to rule out any options on his future.

“I just want to play football”, said the midfielder. “ I’m very happy here (at Swansea) at the moment and hopefully things will get sorted in the summer. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I’m concentrating on Swansea City and helping them stay in the league.”

Sigurdsson did concede he had concerns about his future at Hoffenheim, adding: “You’re not going to turn down Premier League football when you’re out of the side at Hoffenheim.

“Of course I’m curious about my future. It’s not up to me as I’ve another two seasons left at Hoffenheim but I don’t want to sit on the bench there for any longer.

“Hoffenheim were in contact a couple of weeks ago and I spoke briefly to the new manager – Markus Babbel.

“I think he’s going to give me a call later this month and speak to me again. We’ll see what happens.”

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