Nicklas Bendtner has been told to accept offers from ‘smaller’ teams.Former Chelsea and Tottenham sporting director Frank Arnesen, now of Hamburg, has revealed to the Danish press that he has twice tried to persuade Nicklas Bendtner to join the Bundesliga club – to no avail.
Bendtner is currently on loan at Juventus from Arsenal and enduring a torrid time in Serie A, starting only two league games all season.
The Danish striker was not content to be a substitute at Arsenal, but has failed to impress at other clubs as well, with an unspectacular loan move to Sunderland last year and an even worse time with Juve this time round.
Having fallen out with Arsene Wenger, the 25-year-old is unlikely to feature again for the Gunners, and according to talkSPORT his fellow countryman Arnesen believes that at this stage of his career he needs to take a step down to a club where he is more likely to get regular first-team action.
“He must take a step down and choose a good club where he can rediscover the joy of playing and playing a lot,” Arnesen said. “He has said no to me twice because he wanted to play for an even bigger club.”
“He must make sure he is always in the best shape, so he should be more humble and think about how he can get the most out of his talent.”
As well as Hamburg, clubs in England, Russia and Italy are said to be monitoring Bendtner’s situation, but it’s hard to imagine which ones will take a gamble on him with his high-profile attitude problems.