Bacary Sagna: “I do not think I will stay at Arsenal”
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has dealt Arsene Wenger a blow ahead of next season, with quotes attributed to the defender suggesting that he is not going to stay at the club beyond the expiration of his contract at the end of the current season.
Sagna is out of contract in the summer and is yet to sign a new deal. Negotiations have been protracted, with the right back in talks with the club for most of season. Despite being in talks for the bulk of the year, the two parties have still not agreed a deal and it looks as if his stay in north London is coming to an end.
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He is said to have told French media outlet Europe 1 that he is to leave the club, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Fenerbahce all linked with moves for him in recent weeks.
“I am out of contract, as everyone knows. I still consider myself as an Arsenal player at present. But actually we had a small problem to agree and I do not think[I will] stay at Arsenal at the end of the season,” he is quoted as saying.
Arsenal, and Sagna, play Norwich tomorrow, before facing Hull in the FA Cup final in what looks likely to be Sagna’s last game in an Arsenal shirt.
The Gunners are set to finish fourth in the Premier League, in a season that Sagna called “mixed.”
“It is mixed, we started the season very well, but we could have done better. Injuries have hurt us, especially those of Ramsey, Walcott, and physically at a time, was released. At this level, it does not forgive,” admitted the Frenchman.
Among the mooted replacements for Sagna has been Toulouse’s Serge Aurier, linked with Arsenal by Italian media.