Bacary Sagna has admitted he is not closing the door on a potential move back to France this summer.
Bacary Sagna’s future at Arsenal has been a long regarded speculative tool in the past few months. Ever since he openly suggested he was unhappy at the club after the way Robin Van Persie and Alex Song left North London last summer his name has been linked with the exit door; a door he now admits is not closed:
‘’I personally have not been contacted by PSG’’. The French international told Canal+. ‘’I do not close the door on Paris or Monaco, or to Arsenal. Ultimately I do not know and nobody knows what will happen in the future.’’
Cryptic clues once again from the 29-year-old full-back.
He has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain for a while now but as recently as last week that move was declared dead by many British papers. With Gregory Van Der Wiel announcing his intentions to stay in the French capital PSG have little use for another French international right-back with Christophe Jallet already at the club.
His future has been thrown into doubt recently with a litany of injury problems hampering his first-team opportunities plus a contract that expires in the summer of 2014. With Arsenal not keen on losing him for nothing in a years’ time it is fairly common knowledge he might just be out on his ear in the summer.
That speculation has been fuelled by the emergence of Carl Jenkinson this season and rumours linking Arsene Wenger with a move for Feyenoord defender Darryl Janmaat of Sochaux’s French under-21 captain Sebastian Corchia.
Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer Sagna just a one-year-extension to his current deal that would ultimately also prove a final nail in his coffin. At his age he will certainly be after something which incurs more of a long-term commitment.
For Arsenal it may make sense to let him move on this summer. With neither party seemingly seeing eye-to-eye on a new deal and Jenkinson emerging faster than anticipated bringing in a fresh face could be just what The Gunners need down the right flank in order to go one step closer to success next season.
If Sagna says the door is not closed; Arsenal should hold it open and say ‘au revoir’ and ‘bonjour’ to a new future at The Emirates Stadium.
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