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No. 50: Emre Can, Liverpool

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Perez blasted over Wenger-to-Real claim

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hit out at Florentino Perez after the Real Madrid presidential hopeful claimed he would bring Arsene Wenger to the Bernabeu were he to triumph in the club's forthcoming election. The Madrid presidency is up for grabs following the resignation of Ramon Calderon earlier this month, and Perez has included a vow to land Wenger in his manifesto ahead of the election scheduled for the end of the season.

Perez's brash claim has ruffled feathers in the Arsenal boardroom, however, with Hill-Wood branding the comments "disrespectful".

"I think it is laughable," Hill-Wood told the Sunday Mirror. "It is disrespectful and very rude.

"I cannot believe that Arsene would go there for all the tea in China. He would be played around like a puppet.

"It cannot be right to talk in such a way about a manager who is under contract at another club."

The Gunners chief added that he had no reason to doubt Wenger would attempt to leave the Emirates Stadium before the expiry of his current deal.

"I am very comfortable with the fact that Arsene will be staying with us," he said.

"He is under contract until 2012 and has never broken a contract in his life."

Hill-Wood also poured cold water on the perennial speculation linking captain Cesc Fabregas with a move to Madrid.

He said: "He is not for sale to Madrid or anybody else. Absolutely not.

"He is a very sensible young man and he is very happy at Arsenal.

"I would be surprised if he wanted to leave Arsenal and go to Madrid. Very surprised."

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