first_imgWenger was impressed by Praet when Arsenal played Anderlecht in 2014 (Picture: Getty)In the end, Praet decided to swap Genk for Anderlecht so he could continue his studies, winning the Belgian Pro League three times after joining the first team, before moving to Sampdoria in 2016.Speaking about his time at Arsenal back in 2014, Praet told Belgian newspaper HLN: ‘I was 16 when I went to do a trial at Arsenal. I played a match with the reserves, I visited the training complex and I went through training with the first team. I never met Arsene Wenger. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Jun 2019 8:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment What Arsene Wenger has said previously about ‘physically weak’ Arsenal target Dennis Praet Praet tussles with Nacho Monreal in the Champions League five year ago (Picture: Getty)During those European clashes in 2014 – in which Anderlecht famously came from three goals down to draw at the Emirates – Wenger was asked about Praet’s brief time at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When he was 15 or 16 years old, he came with Kyle Ebecilio who, in between, went back to Holland,’ Wenger recalled.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘At the time, he was judged – I didn’t know he was here, I didn’t know him at the time – a bit weak physically.‘Since then he has developed well. I was honestly impressed by his performance when we played in the first game [which Arsenal won 2-1 in Anderlecht].’ The Belgian midfielder had a trial with the Gunners when he was a teenager (Picture: Getty)Sampdoria star and Arsenal target Dennis Praet was considered ‘physically weak’ when he failed to impress while on trial at the club as a teenager, Arsene Wenger has previously revealed.The Belgian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer along with Sampdoria teammate Joachim Anderson, with reports in Italy claiming the Gunners have proposed a £44million double deal.Praet is already familiar with the red half of north London, having spent time there on trial as a 16-year-old while he also played against Arsenal twice in the Champions League. Advertisement Praet has enjoyed a strong campaign with Sampdoria this past season (Picture: Getty)‘The move to Arsenal fell through because I gave priority to school. Absolutely 100% I wanted to finish my school and at Anderlecht I could make the perfect combination.’Praet made 37 appearances for a Sampdoria side that finished ninth in Serie A this past season, scoring two goals and laying on three assists, while he knows Arsenal star Lucas Torreira well and formed a strong partnership with the Uruguayan before he moved to the Emirates.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img However, it has since been reported that Ter Stegen – widely viewed as one of the world’s elite goalkeepers – will pen a new and improved contract through to 2025. With a buyout clause of €180m, there is no great concern at the Camp Nou about the situation but they have had to push back their forecasts of an agreement. The 27-year-old has demonstrated he is one of football’s elite goalkeepers with a series of world-class performances for the Blaugrana, whom he joined from Borussia Mochengladbach in 2014 for €12m. Ter Stegen has been described as a tall, agile and consistent goalkeeper, with quick reflexes, good decision-making and excellent shot-stopping abilities; he is also strong in the air, good in one-on-one situations, and effective at communicating with his back-line courtesy of his strong personality. He initially was number two to Claudio Bravo at the club before establishing himself as first-choice, and is currently above summer arrival Neto in the pecking order. Loading… Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s DaughterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Chelsea are intent on signing a new goalkeeper this summer and have an ambitious dream of landing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. A report from Diario Sport claims that officials from the Blues are aware of the qualities of the German shot-stopper and believe he would be a significant upgrade on current Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, the report adds that the West London club acknowledge this is as an ‘impossible dream’ so whilst they do hold an interest in Ter Stegen, neither the player nor the Catalan giants are in any mood to enter negotiations. Indeed, a separate report from El Mundo Deportivo claims Kepa could be offered in exchange as part of an approach from Stamford Bridge. The German goalkeeper’s current deal at the Camp Nou runs through until the summer of 2022, after he penned an extended contract in 2017 but contract talks have stalled amid the financial uncertainty following the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement Read Also: Chinese football gets go-ahead after 2,000 negative virus testsEarlier this month, Chelsea transfer news also saw them linked to another La Liga custodian with reported interest in a move to land Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.However, it remains highly unlikely that either of the Spanish clubs will be willing to enter into negotiations for their prized assets.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more