Arsenal defender answers Roma’s advances

Arsenal defender Johan DjourouArsenal defender Johan Djourou is not set to join Italian side Roma in January, according to the player’s agent.

The 25-year-old Swiss international is yet to feature for Arsenal in the Premier League this season. But his agent Flavio Ferraria has denied there has been any interest from Italy.

Ferraria told calciomercato.it: “There has been absolutely no contact with Roma and I don’t know where these rumours have come from.

“I met Johan recently, but we did not talk about Roma because there’s really nothing to say.

“There is no real possibility that he will leave Arsenal as he is contracted to them until 2015. However, we will evaluate the current situation in January.

“Obviously he would like to play in Italy because we have discussed this several times before, but he hasn’t a preference for any specific club.”

Djourou was a target for Serie A side Napoli in the summer, but manager Arsene Wenger wanted to keep hold of the versatile defender.