Bacary Sagna has been speaking about his contract situation at The Emirates to French media.
Yesterday Arsenal fans woke up to the news, and likely a potential turkey and mulled wine hangover, that Bacary Sagna was believed to be on his way from the club - according to several sources.
The French international’s contract expires in the summer and as with previous ‘veterans’ at Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal he will not be offered a long-term contract at the club.
He turns 31 in the New Year and has therefore only been offered a two-year contract as a maximum. The belief yesterday was that Sagna would therefore be on his way.
He will reportedly be offered a four-year-deal by an unknown and unnamed Turkish club, while Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and some clubs in Italy are said to be watching his progress intently.
So for those Sagna fans at Arsenal, of which there is many, it seemed as though it was bad news all round for them.
But this is all still projection and rumour from the tabloids and forums - what has the player himself got to say.
Well the events at Arsenal are always going to be followed intently in France. With a French gaffer and an abundance of French players, past, present and future, in their ranks French media often get in touch with the club after the game.
First of all he spoke to beIN SPORT on his future, and stated:
"I still have six months to do with Arsenal, we are in talks. January? This is an option to engage elsewhere, but I've always had a good relationship with Arsenal. It's been seven years since I played here, I hope that will lead to something good. I would like to win the championship, because we have the opportunity this year, and then after we'll see."
He then spoke to Canal + … where international team-mate Mickael Landreau was acting as a guest pundit and asked him a question on his Arsenal future - to which Sagna responded…:
"We are in full discussions, I am totally involved with Arsenal , we are in talks for a contract extension."
So yesterday you got bad news on Sagna, today you get good news. But in reality we really won’t know much until the end of the season.
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