Bendtner subject of multiple interest

Arsenal striker Niklas Bendtner turned down offers from some of the biggest clubs in the world during the close-season in favour of remaining at the Emirates Stadium, according to the player's agent.

The 21-year-old has made more than 60 league appearances for the Gunners since bursting onto the first-team scene in 2005 - netting 14 goals - and agreed a new contract with the club on Wednesday.

However, according Bendtner's agent and father, Thomas Bendtner, the Danish international could easily have been heading out of the North London side's exit door this summer following interest from several high-profile European clubs, reported to be Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

"Many clubs wanted to sign Nicklas, and some of them are among the biggest clubs in the world," he said in the Daily Mirror.

"It would have been very easy to find a new, great club for him, and when the biggest clubs join in, then it is really flattering for Nicklas.

"But still Nicklas was never in doubt, that what he wanted the most was to stay in Arsenal.

It has taken a long time to finish the contract, but the two parties never doubted that they wanted each other in the end."