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Departing Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen wants England return

Departing Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen wants to return to England.

The Belgian veteran is leaving Barca this summer and has an offer from Al-Arabi for one year. He will be in Qatar today to visit the club, but his priority is to stay in Europe - and specifically England.

Vermaelen's wife is English and she would like to return, but the moment no firm offers have been received.

The former Arsenal captain has interest from the US, China and Olympiakos, but still hopes to return to the Premier League.

Now 33, Vermaelen has struggled with injury during his time at Barca.

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