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Man Utd encouraged in pursuit of Arsenal captain Vermaelen

Manchester United boss David Moyes has been encouraged in his pursuit of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

The Daily Mail says the Belgium defender shares the same agent as Robin Van Persie and is a close friend of the United striker. Of even more interest to Moyes is the response Vermaelen gave to news that Arsenal are ready to begin discussions with him about renewing his agreement with them.

As he considered his lack of starting opportunities this season, due to the form of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, he said: "Now is not the time for talking about new contracts. We can speak after the season has finished. I did not expect to play as little as I have, but the two defenders in front of me have played well and maintained their fitness.

"I just have to accept that."

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