Arsenal FC defender Bacary Sagna has kept his options open and has hinted that he could join PSG or Monaco in the upcoming transfer window.
The 30-year-old right-back’s future has been up for speculation since the start of this season. His current contract expires next year and no agreement has been reached with the London club to extend his contract as of now.
The rumours about his future were fuelled at the start of the season when the Frenchman criticized the club’s transfer policy, after they sold Robin van Persie and Alex Song, in public. The public outburst put him on the wrong side of Arsene Wenger and he was reprimanded. His injuries and Carl Jenkinson’s good form kept him out of the starting eleven for most part of the first half of this season.
Back in December, reports suggested that Arsenal have opened talks with Sagna regarding an extension, but were only offering the French international a one year extension, in line with there policy regarding players above 30. It was believed that Sagna felt that he was disrespected by that offer and wanted a pay-rise on his current wages, which the Gunners aren’t to keen upon considering his fitness concerns off-late.
Since the turn of the new year, Sagna has been reinstalled as the first choice right back, but this season he hasn’t looked to be at his best. His patchy form, where he has made some high profile mistakes (as recently as the one he made against Manchester United) along with the fact that he is entering the last year of his contract meant a lot of top European clubs were linked with him. PSG and newly cash rich French club Monaco are reportedly monitoring his situation at the club.
The former Auxerre defender, who joined the club back in 2007, has disclosed his future plans in a recent interview. Sagna has refused to rule out any of the possible options, which includes staying back at the club. The Frenchman has disclosed that although he is unaware of PSG or Monaco’s interest, he could possibly sign for them in the summer, although he hasn’t ruled out staying back at the Emirates as well.
“Of course it makes me proud to read PSG are interested. They are a very attractive club.
“Personally I’ve not been approached by PSG. I don’t know if they have contacted my agent or if these are rumours.
“I don’t close any door. I could very well extend my contract here in London but equally I could leave at the end of the season. I only have one year left on my contract — we will see.
“At the moment I am fully focused on Arsenal. I don’t know what will happen this summer.
“I have to see the directors again regarding an extension to my contract. Monaco would be a new challenge. I don’t close any door to PSG, Monaco or Arsenal.
“At Arsenal, in the dressing room they tease me every day telling me I will leave to play at PSG. But it is speculation. I don’t know what is going to happen.” – The Arsenal defender was quoted in French media.
It would be interesting to see Arsenal’s decision regarding the defender’s future at the club, which they have to take quickly, or they might have the risk of losing him for free next season. Sagna, at 30, is believed to be looking at one last big contract. Although Arsene Wenger will be interested in retaining his services, it is unlikely that the club either will raise his current wage or offer him a contract extension of more than a year. Carl Jenkinson’s rise might help Wenger and the board to make a hard call on Sagna’s future and as of now this could be the Frenchman’s last season at the Emirates.