Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen admits he does not know where his future lies, after being linked with a summer move away from the Emirates, according to Sky Sports.

The Belgian’s future has been the subject of speculation for some time, after losing his regular first team place under Arsene Wenger this season.

Wenger has often opted for the centre back partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, whilst the likes of Manchester United and Napoli have been linked with a summer move for the 28-year-old.

Vermaelen – who has just one year to run on his current contract – insists he remains in the dark over his Gunners future, and is simply focusing on the rest of the season.

“There has been a lot of speculation, but I can’t talk about it because I don’t know what is going on,” said Vermaelen

“My focus is on Arsenal at the moment. There is still a lot to play for – I can’t do anything about rumours.”

Vermaelen has managed just eight starts all season, and admits he has found it difficult watching from the sidelines.

“It is not easy, but I try to stay positive,” added Vermaelen. “Firstly, I have been injured in the last couple of weeks, but when the boss needs me, I try to play well.

“I know anything can happen, so I am happy to play when he needs me.

“From my point of view, I hope it is as much as it can be. I work hard for the team and that is the only thing that I can do.”

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