Arsène Wenger has spoken of his displeasure at the behaviour of Inter Milan in their pursuit of Alex Hleb.

After an impressive season in North London, speculation has been circulating that the Italian giants are keen on securing the services of Arsenal's Belarusian midfielder. Recently Inter coach Roberto Mancini was quoted as saying Hleb was on their wanted list; a move Wenger says is both disrespectful and illegal.

"Statements from inside the club saying they are interested in our players, without calling us that is not acceptable," said the Frenchman at his Friday press conference.  "You would never hear me saying that. If I am interested in a player I go to the chairman.

"The newspapers may have the speculation but for a club to come out with a statement like that and not even call... I think it is disrespectful. It is illegal.

"But we have not gone as far as reporting it."


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25 Apr 2008