Thomas Vermaelen is an indisputable legend of the Belgium national team, putting in 58 appearances for the side since 2006. His versatility in the back four and ability to play as a centre-back or a full-back has always worked in his favour, but after a couple of disappointing seasons since leaving Arsenal, could the 31-year-old soon find his position in the Red Devils’ defence in jeopardy?
Since moving to Barcelona from North London at the end of the 2013-14 season, Vermaelen has struggled to recapture the imperious form he displayed during his tenure of 110 top flight games at the Emirates. As such, the European powerhouses sent the Belgian to Roma on loan for the 2016-17 campaign, deeming him surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. Continue reading Is Vermaelen Still Capable of Holding Down a Spot in the National Team?
After an underwhelming loan season with AS Roma, Thomas Vermaelen is going to be heading back to Spanish side Barcelona come the end od the 2016/17 season, and no-one quite knows what the future holds for him.
On August 8 of 2016, Thomas Vermaelen decided to pen a 1 year long loan deal with AS Roma and the Italian club had the option of extending this deal further – but depending on whether or not Thomas Vermaelen performs at a consistently high level and was able to impress the head chiefs of AS Roma.
Unfortunately for the Belgian defender, instead of having an impressive season, it was more like a disappointing and mediocre season as Thomas Vermaelen missed out on 17 matches due to injuries which continue to hamper his playing career. Understandably, Roma chose not to extend the contract of Vermaelen and he is now expected to make a return to his parent club, Barcelona. Continue reading What next for Thomas Vermaelen?
Thomas Vermaelen was expected to take his game to a whole new level when he left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for £15 million, but things have gone horribly wrong for the defender. Injuries and fitness issues have massively affected the centre-back, who is now on loan at Italian club AS Roma.
Vermaelen has been able to play just nine league games for an AS Roma side who are set to finish in the top three of Serie A this season. When the 31-year-old centre-back has featured for the Giallorossi, his performances have been less than impressive.
Roma have the option to sign the former Arsenal centre-back on a permanent contract in the summer transfer window, but it is unlikely that the Italian club will pay money for a player they do not need. As for Barcelona, given the Belgium international’s injury issues and his age, the Spanish giants may not be too inclined to have him on their books for the 2017-18 campaign. Continue reading Where can Thomas Vermaelen revive his career?
Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen has been reportedly sidelined from AS Roma’s plans as he is set to undergo surgery for sports hernia. The former Gunner defender arrived Roma on loan from Barcelona sometime this summer but has only managed to feature in three games for Roma, with one of them lasting for just 41 minutes in a Champions League preliminary at Porto, before he was sent off.
Injuries are not a new thing to Vermaelen. However, this sports hernia has been a thing of concern for the 30 year old since early September. A correspondence from Corriere dello Sport newspaper has said Roma sought the inputs of specialist and they believe a surgery might well be in place. Continue reading VERMAELEN INJURED, ROMA SEEKS REPLACEMENT
Catalan Publication, Sport, reported that the Spanish La-Liga Champions weighed up a bid from Emirates Stadium. Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger surprisingly made a bid to re-sign their former defender, Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen joined the Ajax youth academy in year 2000 as the Netherlands side won the 2003/04 Eredivisie title in his first season with the club. He had a loan spell with RKC Waalwijk before returning to Ajax and winning the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruyff Shield as well. When Klaas-Jan Huntelaar departed in 2009, Vermaelen played as the club captain for the rest of the season. Continue reading WENGER BACK IN FOR VERMAELEN?
Thomas Vermaelen continues to be absent from the first-team even after his move to Roma. The player joined the Italian club on a loan deal from Barcelona. Signed as a replacement for Carlos Puyol, Vermaelen has never been able to manage more than a handful of games in each of the two seasons at the Camp Nou.
After having signed him for a whopping £ 16 million, Barcelona are unwilling to write off the deal. The club sent him on loan to Roma in the hope of seeing him rediscover his fitness. It has not been the case, as the player has been out with a hernia problem since September. Continue reading Vermaelen Working Hard to Recover
Luciano Spalletti reckons the journalists are trying to put cracks in the Roma camp by repeatedly raising the point of Francesco Totti’s exclusion from the starting XI. As per Spalletti, he has already explained that he is being a little cautious about his skipper due to his injury which has healed not a long back.
But, despite his explanation, every press conference he attends, most of the questions thrown to him are based on Totti only and that’s why he wonders if it’s done with some sort of deliberation, maybe to cause a rift or something. Continue reading SPALLETTI RAILS AT JOURNALISTS
Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez started his run on a poor note as Spain crushed Belgium 2-0. Sacked coach Marc Wilmots might not be too sad about the end of the game after he sacked when he supervised of one the most talented team on the planet, yet they lost out in the Euro 2016 woefully. Spain was on a poor run at the tournament, but the changes they have made started yielding fruits.
Despite the phasing out of former starts Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, and former play maker Xavi Hernandez, Spain seem not to be lacking real talents as the changes to the squad rose up to the occasion as they thrashed a Belgian side coached by Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry. Continue reading MARTINEZ LOSES HIS FIRST GAME
Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen couldn’t find his footing at Barcelona despite joining for £15 million, so the club has now sent him on a season-long loan to Italian side AS Roma. One of the issues with the player during his time at Nou Camp was his inconsistency due to injuries. He featured just 21 times in his two seasons at the club, despite signing five year contract with Spanish giant.
In his first season, the player had wait until the last game of the first season before he got his first team debut, as he had suffered from thigh injury. The player was in action for his country at the Euro 2016 for Belgium, but they were knocked out by Wales in the quarter final in a shock exit. Continue reading VERMAELEN OFF TO ROMA ON LOAN
Former Gunner Thomas Vermaelen is reported could move away from Catalan giant Barcelona this summer. Arsenal have been linked to the defender as they require more depth at the back and since the player has struggled since his move to the Nou Camp.
The Belgian player since his move has not been able to establish himself at Barca. He faced a difficult time just before his move from the club as he was down with injuries. However reports say the player is ready to make another appearance in the English Premier League and would most likely consider a return to Emirates ahead of the other options that are available. Continue reading VERMAELEN TRANSFER NOT SETTLED