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Wenger slams Inter move for Hleb

Alexander Hleb
Hleb has played his last game for Arsenal this season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Inter Milan they will be reported to Fifa if they continue their 'illegal' pursuit of Alexander Hleb.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has confirmed Hleb is one of the players the Italian club "would like to sign".

But Wenger has slammed their attempt to sign the 26-year-old Belarus winger as 'totally unacceptable.'

"For a club to come out with a statement like that...I think it is disrespectful. It is illegal," he said.

"We will not accept that between big clubs. If I want a player from Inter Milan, I call Inter Milan," added Wenger.

"If they are interested, why do they not call me? If I want to buy someone, I call the chairman and I ask him if he is for sale."

Earlier this season, it was reported that former Stuttgart midfielder Hleb, 26, held secret talks with Inter while in the city ahead of Arsenal's Champions League game against rivals AC Milan at the San Siro.


Hleb has played his last club game of the current campaign after being handed a three-match suspension by the Football Association for slapping Reading captain Graeme Murty during last week's Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

He is reported to be unsettled at the club as speculation over his future continues.

But Wenger insists that Hleb is still part of his plans and wants him to stay at the club.

"We want to keep the team together, I do not change my mind every week. I am quite stable on that front," said Wenger

"Under the new rules a player can buy out his contract, but not Inter Milan. If Inter Milan wants to buy a player they have to call me."

see also
Murty unconcerned by Hleb clash
23 Apr 08 |  Reading
Hleb completes switch to Arsenal
12 Jul 05 |  Arsenal

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