Nicklas Bendtner is planning the next step of his career despite his involvement in Arsenal’s first team squad this season.
The Danish international has been widely criticized by the North London faithful since his return from several unsuccessful loan spells, but was given another chance by Arsene Wenger because of the inability to recruit a striker in the summer.
Olivier Giroud is the only other recognised striker, and he may be alone in the not-too-distant future. Bendtner told the Danish press he envisages himself playing for, wait for it, ‘Real Madrid or Barcelona’ next.
After being asked, ‘how do you envisage to continue your career?’
‘Real Madrid or Barcelona,’ said the self-proclaimed ‘greatest striker in the world’.
Arsenal have not trusted Bendtner with many minutes so far this year, and when he has been brought on/started it has been a last throw of the dice rather than a tactical ploy.
However it is doubtful he would get any more minutes at two of the best sides in the world, especially with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo taking up forward positions.
What happens in the future is anyone’s guess (though it is extremely likely this WON’T happen), but the Dane will surely be leaving the Emirates Stadium within the next year.