Arsène Wenger has clarified the motives behind Arsenal's link-up with MLS side Colorado Rapids.

The Frenchman described the relationship as "technical co-operation" and denied it is the prelude to a takeover similar to the acquisition of Liverpool by American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks earlier this week

"We have developed a few partnerships," said Wenger on Friday, "Sometimes with football schools, sometimes with clubs. We just try to extend our brand.

"We are trying to extend our technical co-operation as well because the Americans might produce some players at some stage. That's why we have done it.

"It is not for a takeover," he joked. "There are enough Americans in the league now."

Wenger believes in the potential of the soccer Stateside but, he argues, they need a marquee home-grown talent to emerge.

"At the moment America is an untapped market," said the Frenchman. "But it will remain as long as they don't produce a massive player. If they produced good players but nothing more, nobody will really focus on that.

"But if they produce a super player - and they have the potential to do that - then more people will be interested in them."

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9 Feb 2007