No Sol decision until July

May 23, 2006

Sol Campbell is putting any thoughts about his Arsenal future on hold until after the World Cup finals.

The central defender has three years left of his current deal with the Gunners but has been linked with a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Campbell had a troubled season but regained his first-team spot for the finale of the campaign and scored in the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona in Paris last week.

There is speculation that Arsene Wenger may be ready to offload 31-year-old Campbell but the player is channelling all his thoughts into preparing for his sixth major tournament with England in Germany.

Campbell will also play in Thursday's B international with Belarus at Reading to give him further match sharpness.

Campbell said: 'What is my future with Arsenal? We will have to see what happens. I'm not considering anything. I've just got to weigh up the situation.

'Arsenal is there and that's all I've got to say about it at the moment. It is about getting the World Cup out of the way and taking things from there. I don't know anything about interest from Fenerbahce.'

Campbell admitted: 'It has been one of my most up and down seasons. I just thank God I am back on track and got the opportunity against Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final and it's gone on from there.

'My sharpness is good now. I'm focused and ready for whatever comes along. Villarreal was just about getting through the game and after that it was about getting tuned into the Premiership again.

'The last game (against Barcelona) was the icing on the cake although the feeling was of disappointment at losing.

'The injuries I've had get on your nerves but I've managed to pull myself together. The chance opened up for me, I took it and went on from there. I've played five games now, I'm here with England and there's another game on Thursday so it's feeling good.'

Campbell's first tournament for England was Euro 96 - he came on as a substitute against Scotland - and he can see similar qualities in the current squad to the side which reached the semi-finals a decade ago.

He said: 'For me it is a great achievement to be here with England for 10 years and to be involved in six tournaments. I don't know if many players have done that. It is a fantastic feeling.

'We had some great players in Euro 96 and could have won the competition but we have also got some great players now. There is a mixture of youth and experience and it is a great combination.

'Hopefully everyone can stay fit. That's the main thing. We always seem to get injuries before tournaments.'

Campbell insisted he was over the heartbreak of Arsenal's Champion League setback which saw them surrender the lead he had given them.

He said; 'Myself and Ashley Cole have got Wednesday out of the system. It's time to move on now. You don't get many opportunities to win the Champions League but Barcelona are a great side.

'We needed the second goal to kill them off but for whatever reason it just didn't happen for us and the feeling is of disappointment.'