Bendtner 'open to switch'
Nicklas Bendtner has told Arsenal that he wants to leave in the summer, according to his father and agent.
Last Updated: 23/05/11 8:21am
Nicklas Bendtner has made a decision on his future and is set to leave Arsenal in the summer, according to his father and agent.
The Danish striker has never hidden his frustration at a lack of regular starting opportunities this season, having found himself down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.
But he has always stated that he will keep pushing for a place in Arsene Wenger's team and will not make his mind up about what to do next until the summer.
That moment has now arrived after the Gunners ended their Premier League campaign in fourth following a 2-2 draw with Fulham on Sunday.
Bendtner's father, Thomas, claims that his son has now informed Arsenal that he would like the club to listen to offers.
"Nicklas is 100 per cent open now to a change of clubs," Thomas Bendtner said in the Daily Mirror.
No Villa interest
"He has made his decision and he has told it to Arsenal.
"Nicklas needs to be playing from the start so, sadly, he must leave.
"He wanted to finish the season first, so no-one could say he didn't fight for a first-team place right until the end."
Bendtner's father insists there will be a number of options to consider but has dismissed speculation linking the 23-year-old with a move to Aston Villa.
He said: "There is real interest from both English and German clubs, and Bayern Munich were after him, earlier. It's very exciting.
"But talk about Aston Villa is rubbish. He has not met anyone from there."