Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg says he is relaxed about his future, despite reports linking him with moves to the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Inter Milan and AC Milan in recent months.
The Swedish international will only have a year remaining on his contract in the summer, leading to speculation that he could be sold for around €15m (£12.7m). However, Svanberg says the rumours about his future don’t really affect him:
“I don’t think about it much. It’s been like that for me during my career. It’s no wonder it’s written when you do pretty well in Italy. But it’s more fun to write about such teams than if ten other clubs are also watching someone.”
Svanberg was originally mentioned as a potential target for Pep Guardiola’s side back in December last year, while the Gunners have also been linked in stories before then.
A lot of the talk about the 23-year-old has centered around the fact that he has not signed a new deal. Bologna want him to commit until 2025 and, while the midfielder admits the Serie A side are pressuring him into putting pen to paper on a new deal, he is in rush to make a decision:
“As things stand right now, I don’t have a plan. I feel very comfortable at Bologna. I have a year left and I am in no hurry. I’ll take it as it comes. What happens… it depends, and it’s about performance. We haven’t started a negotiation. We’ll see what happens.”
“Yes of course [Bologna want me to sign], but that’s how it works. If I had sat in their chairs, I would have done the same. It’s part of the game off the field. I do not take it badly but see it more as positive that the club wants to extend.”