Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Hleb's agent latest: “Real and Barca in the frame too”
It was only last week or so that Hleb’s agent, Nikolai Shpilevsky, put the spanner in the works by stating that his client wanted a move away from Arsenal and probably to Inter Milan.
“Alex is preparing to make one of the most important moves of his life. “He is leaving even though Arsenal want to offer him a new long-term contract.
“Only time will tell if it is the right decision but there’s no way back now. Everything will be settled in the next two weeks” he said.
Wenger’s reaction has been emphatic and predictable.
“Nobody goes. It’s that simple. It’s about what is good for the club.”
Now back comes the response. In an interview in the Belarusian paper “Комсомольская Правда” Helb’s agent states that there are other teams also interested for the player’s services.
“A player of Hleb’s class is interesting to a lot of teams like Barcelona and Real but he has a valid contract with Arsenal and if any team wants to sign him then they will have to negotiate with his club”
When asked whether Hleb will end up with Inter Milan he was coy about commenting:
“I have no words to say about Hleb going to Inter". He has a contract with Arsenal”.
Hleb has already flown to Minsk where next week will join the preparations of the national team for their international friendly game against Germany.
His brother Vyacheslav Gleb of MTZ-RIPO Minsk is also in the squad.