Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has hinted that he will leave the club during the summer after the expiry of his current contract, Sky Sports has reported.
The Frenchman’s future in North London has been under considerable doubt for some time, with talks over a new contract having repeatedly broken down. Manager Arsene Wenger announced in April that no progress had been made in attempts to keep Sagna at Arsenal, and that he still had a decision to make.
Sagna confirmed that contract talks have stalled and that he is likely to leave Arsenal in the summer, telling europe1.fr: “I’m 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 (a new deal), and I don’t think I stay at Arsenal at the end of the season.”
He is thought to be keen on remaining in the Premier League, with Manchester City in particular linked with a bid for the 31-year-old, who they may see as potential cover for Pablo Zabaleta. Chelsea are also said to have an interest in the player.
Sagna joined Arsenal from Auxerre in the summer of 2007, and throughout that time he has been the club’s first choice right-back, making some 282 appearances and scoring five goals.
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