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Ljungberg Roma rumours are refuted

PUBLISHED: 18:08 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG FREDDIE Ljungberg bid farewell to Europe last week following Sweden s elimination from Euro 2008 – and the midfielder will not make a permanent return to the continent next season, according to his agent. Ljungberg has been heavily link

By JONATHAN CLEGG

FREDDIE Ljungberg bid farewell to Europe last week following Sweden's elimination from Euro 2008 - and the midfielder will not make a permanent return to the continent next season, according to his agent.

Ljungberg has been heavily linked with a move away from Upton Park this summer, with Italian giants Roma reported to be a possible destination, but his agent has denied that the club are seeking to offload the 31-year-old.

Ljungberg, who captained Sweden during their decisive Group D defeat by Russia last Wednesday, struggled for form and fitness during his first season with the Hammers following a £3million move from Arsenal 12 months ago.

He scored just two goals in 25 appearances for the Irons, prompting doubts over his future at West Ham, who are anxious to trim the wage bill this summer.

Reports surfaced in the final month of the season that the club had offered the midfielder £3m to leave Upton Park, where he is one of the highest earners on a rumoured £60,000-a-week deal.

West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury described such speculation as "nonsense" in April and promised that Ljungberg was "an important part of the club's future".

But rumours persist that new technical director Gianluca Nani has been shopping Ljungberg to a host of European clubs.

Now Ljungberg's agent Claes Elefalk has moved to stop the speculation once more - by confirming that his client will remain a West Ham player next year.

Elefalk has revealed that he met with club officials last week to discuss the player's future and was reassured that Ljungberg remains an important part of manager Alan Curbishley's plans.

"I met with Scott Duxbury and the new general manager Gianluca Nani and they explained Fredrik is very important for the future," Elefalk said.

"He is one of their most important players so they don't want to lose him.


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