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Norwegian teenager plays down reports of £18m switch to Arsenal

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Racing Genk midfielder Sander Berge says he is happy to keep learning his trade with the Belgian Pro League outfit.

The Norwegian international has been linked with a £18m move to Arsenal, as well as Everton, Sevilla and Monaco, in recent weeks, but speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Beland van Limburg, the 19 year old said:

“I remain the simple guy I’ve always been…. The coach is right: no player from Genk has already learned everything. Me neither.”

The defensive midfielder only made the switch to Belgian football from Valerenga for £1.7m in the January transfer window. So far with Genk, he has played 27 matches in all competitions without scoring a goal or providing an assist.

At international level, Berge made his senior debut for Norway just two months after joining Genk. He played 15 minutes during a World Cup qualifier in the 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland back in March.

The teenager made his first start for his country against the Czech Republic in another qualifier last month, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw. He then followed that up three days later by playing the first 45 minutes in a friendly against neighbours Sweden.

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