‘It’s time to further my career’ – Arsenal target Andersen confirms transfer talks

first_imgJoachim Andersen has hinted that he could be open to leaving Sampdoria this summer after a successful two-year stint with the Serie A outfit, and confirmed that his agent is in discussions with several clubs.Arsenal and Tottenham have been closely associated with a move for the talented 23-year-old over the transfer period, while there have also been reports that the Denmark Under-21 international could be bound for Ligue 1 side Lyon.Having established himself as a first-team regular in Italy, where his reputation as a technical centre-back has blossomed, he believes he needs to assess his options before deciding upon his next steps. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It could be time for me to further my career,” he told Goal. “I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.“There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.”The former Twente star, however, spoke of the importance that Samp are amply rewarded for the way they have helped his career grow since he moved there in 2017.“It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me,” he said. “I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.”He would not be drawn on his future destination but did underline his ambition to play at the very top level – and his confidence that he can do so.Joachim Andersen Bruno Alves Sampdoria Parma Serie A“I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them,” he said. “I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.”Andersen believes that playing in Italy and discovering a new style of football has benefited him immensely.“I have learned a lot,” he said of his Serie A experience. “I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education. But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.“My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!”He reserved praise for Samp coach Marco Giampaolo, who is expected to take over at AC Milan in the coming days.“He’s played a big role in my development,” the Dane confirmed. “He is known as one of the best coaches in Italy when it comes to defensive organisation. I have learned a lot from him and he has made me a more complete footballer.”There has been some disappointment this summer for Andersen, however, as he missed the opportunity to play at the Under-21 European Championship due to injury.“The U21 Euros was one of my big goals this season, so it is insanely annoying that I can’t participate,” he said. “It was my last opportunity to play with the boys in the U21 team, so it’s hard to say goodbye to them without having the opportunity to play the in the tournament.“Of course, I would have loved to play, but instead of being 80 percent fit, I can now purposefully and thoughtfully build up for the next season without risking my rehabilitation. That way, I can concentrate on returning stronger and better.”last_img read more


LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “They do,” Tolman agrees. “I don’t know what it is, because in real life, I’m super untrustworthy.”She was kidding – we think. But either way, Tolman’s character is a beacon of trust, amid shady, dangerous, and possibly supernatural circumstances, in the new series EMERGENCE, which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.Tolman, who is best known for her role as a trustworthy police deputy named Molly Solverson in the first season of TV’s FARGO, plays a trustworthy police chief named Jo Evans in EMERGENCE. Jo’s world changes due to a plane crash in her jurisdiction, and the sudden presence of a young girl named Piper, played by Alexa Swinton, who apparently was on the flight, but claims to have no memory of what occurred, and hasn’t suffered any injuries.The mysterious kid’s first instinct, of course, is to rush into Jo’s arms. “She’s like, ‘That’s the lady,’ yeah,” Tolman says. But inherent trustworthiness aside, the subsequent investigation draws Jo into a conspiracy far larger than she ever imagined, and Piper’s true identity is at the centre of it all.Interestingly, besides Jo and Piper, just about everyone else in EMERGENCE makes you wonder what their real motivations are.“That’s fair, because I think this show inspires a lot of mistrust,” Tolman says. “Who’s going to turn? Who’s a double agent? It sows the seeds of doubt, so that you’re looking at every character like, ‘Are they who they say they are? What is their deal?’ ”The list of questionable individuals potentially could include Jo’s freshly divorced husband Alex, played by Donald Faison. But at the outset, when Jo finds herself in a jam, the first person she calls is Alex, because she knows he will help her with a minimum of questions asked.“I guess their divorce is still fairly new, but they still care about each other so much,” Tolman says. “This is still her person. And when she needs help, he’s like, ‘Okay, what do I gotta do?’ ”Such co-operation obviously isn’t always the case in divorce situations.“But it’s nice, though – and I think it’s actually reflective of a trend where divorces are less acrimonious than they used to be, in a lot of cases,” Tolman says. “Not in all cases, of course. But in a lot of cases, people split up because they just aren’t right to be married any more. They may still have children together (as is the case in EMERGENCE). They still consider themselves a family. I know divorced friends who vacation together. They still love each other. And in a situation like this, Alex is the person who Jo wants around her.”When things are this unsettled, though, everything is in flux. The intriguingly dark atmosphere in EMERGENCE is established right at the beginning, with something as simple as the digital display on an alarm clock fluttering ominously in the middle of the night.“It’s spooky, right?” says Tolman, with true excitement in her voice. “Michele and Tara (writers and executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters) are masterful at what they do, I think. They know how to tease out a mystery.”We definitely trust you on that one, Allison Tolman.By BILL HARRIS ~ Special to The Lede@billharris_tv Allison Tolman tends to play characters who everyone trusts right away. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement read more