Swansea’s defender Ashley Williams has admitted that he is flattered by Arsenal’s interest in him, but he has made it clear that he is not desperate to leave. However, the player also said that he would not mind playing in the prestigious Champions League.
There has not been any official statement released by Arsenal or even a proper bid, but a lot of reports have linked Williams to the Gunners.
The striker openly stated that though he is flattered, he will not get carried away by these reports.
‘It’s very flattering but you take it with a pinch of salt because you see a lot written and you never know what to make of it,’ Williams said, as quoted by Metro.
‘I just take it as a compliment. You must be doing something right, whether it’s true or not.
However, he also said that Champions League football is an interesting prospect, and he might consider offers from the top clubs.
‘All players with any ambition want to see how high they can get, whether that’s with their team – which has been the case with me at Swansea – or whatever really,’ he added.
‘If I sat here and said I didn’t want to play in the Champions League, that’d be a lie. But I’d never disrespect a team I play for and say, ‘that’s it, I’m desperate to leave’, just after a story in the paper. I’d never do that or think that.
‘As professionals, you want to see how far you can go in your career, and competing for titles is where everyone wants to be. However you get there is a different story.’
Arsenal fans might just like Williams, especially after how he fouled Robin van Persie last season which infuriated the Red Devils’ striker.