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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 05:40 GMT 06:40 UK
Ljungberg wants to stay a Gunner
By Jonathan Stevenson

Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg
Ljungberg joined Arsenal from Halmstads for 3m in 1998
Freddie Ljungberg wants to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career and has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates.

Midfielder Ljungberg, 30, is said to have been interesting Manchester City, with West Ham and Portsmouth also keen.

But his agent Claes Elefalk told BBC Sport: "Freddie wants to stay at Arsenal until he stops playing and there is a good chance that'll happen.

"This is just speculation. Freddie is most certainly not leaving Arsenal."

Sweden international Ljungberg endured an injury-hit season last time around, making just 26 appearances for the Gunners.

Freddie is very confident about what the future holds at Arsenal

Freddie Ljungberg's agent

But in January, boss Arsene Wenger said he wanted to keep Ljungberg and Elefalk says the player is used to his name being linked with other clubs.

Elefalk added: "Freddie has a contract with the club that goes until 2009 and he has no thoughts at all of leaving the team.

"There has not been any contact with any other club, it is nonsense to suggest otherwise.

"All this is is just normal, traditional transfer rumours that for players of Freddie's calibre occurs each transfer window and has done so for the last four years.

606: DEBATE

"Football is football, but Freddie wants to and will stay at Arsenal and that is what we are dealing in."

The Gunners are preparing for life without Thierry Henry after his 16.1m move to Barcelona, but Ljungberg believes the future is bright for the club.

"Freddie is very confident about what the future holds at Arsenal, despite Thierry leaving," said Elefalk.

"He is very confident in the team and the club and in Mr Wenger, so it is a very good situation to be in."

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