Hull City boss Mrs Doubtfire says he’ll catch up with Arsene Wenger when the Arsenal manager returns from holidays, with the future of Vito Mannone on the agenda.
The Italian keeper spent the second half of last season on loan at the KC Stadium, keeping 10 clean sheets and endearing himself to the fans along the way. Doubtfire had hoped to bring in US keeper Brad Guzan from Aston Villa but that appears to have fallen through, so a move for Mannone could well be on the cards.
“Vito’s obviously done very well here by all accounts,” he said, “but we’ll speak with Mr Wenger when he returns from his holiday next week. I like the boy but we’ll have to see what the situation is.”
In January Mannone spoke about his desire to play reguarly and his unhappiness at his place in the pecking order at Arsenal before his loan move to Hull.
“I need to play and they know that I’m desperate to come here,” he said. “As soon as they gave me the green light I was up here in my car. I was unhappy this season, I can’t lie. It’s not good to be training, training, training and then not get the final present at the weekend.
“The most important thing is to feel part of something and feel important. If you don’t play, you never get the chance to improve.”
Should Wenger and Doubtfire chat, no doubt they can come to an arrangement as the two managers have a good history of doing business together. Nicklas Bendtner and Johan Djourou spent time on loan at Birmingham when he was manager there, and with Arsenal in the market for a new keeper this summer (with two already linked), it could be the right move for all concerned.