Arsenal stay silent on van Persie future

Arsenal will not comment on the future of their captain Robin van Persie until there is something to comment on, insists the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis, according to the Daily Mail.

Van Persie’s contract expires in a year’s time and while the player and his representative met with Gazidis and Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, at the end of the Premier League season, no new deal was agreed. The Mail adds that the lack of an announcement over van Persie’s future has encouraged Manchester City, who have targeted the Netherlands international as part of their summer spending.

Gazidis however refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding van Persie, instead confirming only that all parties agreed not to speak about the state of negotiations between the club and the skipper. He said: “Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion. What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had to ourselves.

The Mail nevertheless notes that van Persie recently described another of his potential suitors, Serie A champions Juventus, in positive terms, but Gazidis stressed there would not be an official statement from Arsenal until the time was right.

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