Stuttgart maintain love for Hleb
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuttgart remain confident that Alexander Hleb will return to the club.
Stuttgart remain confident that Alexander Hleb will return to the club - but not in the near future.
Belarus star Hleb moved to Highbury from Stuttgart last summer, although he did not enjoy the best of starts to his career and in January he was even linked with a return to Germany.
At that point Hamburg claimed an interest, although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has always insisted that Hleb was staying put - and now the Frenchman's patience is paying off as the midfielder is starting produce the form that saw him earn his plus £10 million move to England.
Hleb has played a major role in helping The Gunners into the last four of the UEFA Champions League and is emerging as a key figure in the side.
Hleb remains very highly thought of at Stuttgart and their general manager Horst Heldt admits he would be welcomed back at the club.
"He wants to remain at Arsenal," Heldt said.
"But sometime he will arrive back at Stuttgart."
A more pressing transfer target could be Andres D'Alessandro.
The Argentine international is currently on loan at Premiership outfit Portsmouth from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
A host of clubs from all over Europe are tracking D'Alessandro and Stuttgart have confirmed they have a liking for the 24-year-old.
"He is one we are looking at," admitted Heldt.
"He is a very good player and that is why he interests many clubs."