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Joachim Andersen drops Sampdoria exit hint amid Arsenal and Spurs interest

By Ben Green

Published: 18:20, 19 June 2019

Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen has seemingly issued a come-and-get me plea after admitting he wants to ‘further his career’ away from the club.

The Danish centre-back played a key role for the Blucerchiati in 2018/19 and rumours have been circulating of a move to the Premier League.

Could Andersen leave Sampdoria? Five things to know…

  • Andersen started 32 league matches as Sampdoria finished ninth in the 2018/19 Serie A season.
  • His defensive exploits have reportedly attracted interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Unai Emery could need centre-back reinforcements this summer with uncertainty surrounding Laurent Koscielny’s future.
  • Andersen has also been linked with AC Milan, with ex-Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo set to take the helm.
  • The 23-year-old revealed his agent is talking to a number of “interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues”.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been associated with Andersen’s signature, but AC Milan could be favourites for his services with former manager Marco Giampaolo on the cusp of being appointing the new Rossoneri head coach.

With a string of interest across the continent, Andersen has now shed light on his future, admitting his agent is in his “discussions” with a number of high-profile clubs.

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“It could be time for me to further my career,” he told Goal. “I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.

“There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.

“I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them

“I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.”

Giampaolo the deciding factor?

Sampdoria recently confirmed Giampaolo’s exit, with the Swiss-born tactician expected to take the reins at the San Siro, and Andersen was quick to praise the influence his former coach embedded on his develop.

He said: “He’s played a big role in my development.

“He is known as one of the best coaches in Italy when it comes to defensive organisation. I have learned a lot from him and he has made me a more complete footballer.”