L'Equipe - PSG waiting for Wenger's contract to expire

L’Equipe reckons Paris Saint-Germain will appoint a temporary coach and wait for Arsene Wenger to run his contract down at Arsenal.

PSG’s charismatic magician Leonardo, has praised Wenger for being a ‘man of his word’ in the respect of refusing to ever break his commitment to Arsenal and walk away from the club in the middle of a contract.

The plan as the French media source lays out is that Wenger is being quiet because he’s thinking about leaving the club when his current deal with the Gunners expires in the summer of 2014.

In our view, it’s nonsense, don’t believe a word of it because even if Rafael Benitez, or any other coach for that matter, goes to PSG, he’s unlikely to agree to the same sort of interim role he’s just gone through with Chelsea.

The only reason Wenger is staying quiet over his future is because he doesn’t want to add fuel to the fire of speculation and there is no reason for him to come out and clarify his own position.

It’s quite obvious that Arsenal see him as the short term and long term vision of the football club and he’ll speak out about a possible new, extended deal when the time is right.

If there’s nothing new to say or nothing to clarify then why would Wenger add to the speculation?

PSG have talked a lot this season about their long term vision and the fact they want to achieve the most success against all of their rivals in European football.

Considering the imminent rise of Monaco, buying their way to the top of the game, it would be a serious counter productive move for the Paris side not to offer their next boss a long term deal.

Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect example of why Arsene Wenger won’t be going to PSG any time soon, because if the Italian believed in the French project, he wouldn’t have asked to go to Real Madrid after just winning the league with PSG.

This is going to keep coming up until PSG confirm their new boss and if they only appoint a temporary coach then it would be a ridiculous decision if they’re holding out for Wenger.

The Frenchman is not a mercenary and he still firmly believes that Arsenal are capable of winning the Premier League, domestic silverware and the Champions League.

Even if he switches to the sort of contract that Sir Alex Ferguson had at Manchester United, a rolling one-year deal, that still doesn’t mean he’s not going to spend another decade at the club.

It’s a French media source clutching at an idealistic vision which is not going to happen in 2013 or 2014.

What do you make of the reports?

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