Arsenal inflict Van Persie media ban

Arsenal have barred captain Robin van Persie from speaking to the media whilst on international duty over worries that he will answer questions on his future, The Guardian reports.

The striker has met up with the Holland national team to begin preparations for Euro 2012, but Dutch reporters will not get the pleasure of talking with Van Persie. Reporters in Holland usually have a relaxed relationship with the players, but were told by a spokesman for the KNVB, the Dutch Football Association, that the Arsenal forward would not be talking. The Gunners have yet to negotiate a new deal with Van Persie, who has again been linked with a fresh move away from Arsenal, this time to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

Van Persie met with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis over the new deal, but delayed discussing a contract until after Euro 2012. Arsenal are worried that they will lose the 28 year old this summer and face an ideal situation like they did last summer, when Cesc Fabregas moved to Barcelona.

Wenger has moved in the market already this summer by signing Lukas Podolski from Cologne, but knows that the worst option would be to lose the Dutchman this summer. Van Persie’s goals fired Arsenal into a third place finish this season and with firm interest from Manchester City and Juventus, the PFA Player of the Year could be swayed by their offers. Van Persie has stated that he will sign a new deal with the Gunners, but only if they match his ambition of winning titles by spending big money on developing the squad.

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