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Sporting say Bendtner reports are 'pure fiction'

ESPNsoccernet staff
July 29, 2011
Nicklas Bendtner is valued at £9 million © PA Photos

Sporting Clube de Portugal sporting director Carlos Freitas has dismissed reports Nicklas Bendtner is set to join.

Arsene Wenger revealed last week that Bendtner had been given time off to "to sort out his future" and the Arsenal striker was photographed in Portugal. Borussia Dortmund had also been linked to the Dane, but it appeared Sporting had won the race.

It was widely reported that he was due to complete a £9 million move this weekend, freeing up funds for Wenger to bolster his squad in other areas. However, Sporting have now dismissed the claims.

"There is no truth in this news," Freitas told a press conference. "Bendtner is just as close to joining Sporting as [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Didier] Drogba or [Bojan] Krkic. It is pure fiction."

Bendtner is one of three Arsenal players expected to leave this summer, with Emmanuel Eboue and Manuel Almunia also not part of Wenger's plans.

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