By Richard Clarke

Carlos Vela has ten clubs from home and abroad chasing him on loan but Arsène Wenger would prefer him to stay in England.

The Arsenal manager has had a number of approaches since he confirmed, last week, that the 21-year-old Mexican striker would be allowed to make a temporary move in January.

“Three or four” English clubs have contacted Wenger, presumably including Bolton, along with a further six or seven from France and Spain.

In fact, the weight of interest has complicated the process. Wenger has already stated that playing time will be the crucial factor for him but Vela has a say too.

“There are plenty of clubs [interested],” said the Frenchman. “We have a choice and that is basically the problem because he has the choice as well.

“At the moment we have requests from France, Spain and England which we have to sort out. There are about ten clubs interested. There are about three or four in the Premier League.

“I would prefer [him to stay in England] because for us it is easier to watch him and come to conclusions. It is much easier to compare in the Premier League than if he goes to another country.

“But we need him to feel comfortable to go where he would like to go.

“When players of his quality [are available] on loan in a market that is very restricted money-wise, you have an abundance of clubs who want them.”

Wenger added that Vela is in the squad for the FA Cup tie with Leeds on Saturday.

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7 Jan 2011