The 21-year-old had been linked with moves to Barcelona, Inter and Bayern Munich over the summer, with his father’s comments serving to fuel speculation that Europe’s superpowers were set to move for the player.

“Many clubs wanted to sign Nicklas, and some of them are among the biggest clubs in the world,” Bendtner Snr. said, according to 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.”

Mr. Bendtner revealed the main reason for the Denmark international agreeing new terms at the club was the ongoing development of his talent under manager Arsene Wenger.

He continued, “He is so happy for his new contract, and the most important thing is that he, in Arsene Wenger, has a manager who shows him a lot of confidence.

“Wenger gives Nicklas space and time to develop both as a person and a player, and that is really unique on football’s top level. Nicklas feels it is ideal for him to stay in Arsenal.”

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