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Bendtner negotiations on hold after striker takes TV job

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Nicklas Bendtner left Arsenal in June, ending his nine-year association with the club © Getty Images
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Eintracht Frankfurt have put the pursuit of Nicklas Bendtner on hold after the former Arsenal striker opted to cover the World Cup final for Danish television in Rio de Janeiro instead of linking up with a new team.

Bendtner, 26, is a free agent after his contract with Arsenal expired in June, ending his nine-year association with the club.

Bundesliga club Frankfurt offered Bendtner a deal last week, but are now considering other targets after being made to wait by the Denmark international.

"We are not getting anywhere. Thus we have to focus on other things," Eintracht Frankfurt's new coach Thomas Schaaf told German magazine kicker on Monday.

According to the magazine's report, the club's initial contract offer did not match Bendtner's demands. Frankfurt refused to improve the terms, and were reportedly irritated when he broke off negotiations to travel to Brazil for the final - which saw Germany win their fourth title via a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

However, Schaaf insists that Frankfurt have not given up all hope on signing Bendtner.

"To put it on hold does not mean that negotiations will not continue at one point," he added.

Bendtner did not seem overly concerned that negotiations had broken down, on Monday tweeting his joy at being able to attend the tournament, for which Denmark did not qualify.

Bendtner scored in the Denmark's 2-1 win over Cameroon at the 2010 finals, but they did not make it out of their group in South Africa.

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