Bacary Sagna set to remain at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has dismissed reports he could leave the club this summer and says he is looking forward to the new season
The Frenchman has been linked with moves to mega-rich Ligue 1 duo PSG and Monaco, after reportedly reaching a stalemate in contract negotiations with the Gunners.
Sagna has publicly admitted he is flattered to be linked with a return to his homeland but, in an interview with journalist Ben Jacobs, has stressed he is happy to remain at the Emirates Stadium.
“I have never said I wanted to leave the club, but sometimes journalists want to guess what will happen because I only have one year to go with Arsenal…I am still at Arsenal at the moment and I’m looking to playing for the team next season,” the Les Bleus international said.
“Arsenal are a team that have made me grow as a player and as a man, so I have a lot of respect for the team and of course, we are talking and hopefully we can find a solution,” he added.
Asked if a return to France was on his mind, Sagna replied: “I’m not thinking about it to be fair.
“Of course people will start thinking I want to go to Paris, or go back to France because they’ve been talking about it in France…it is football and at the moment I am still playing at Arsenal and hopefully will for a few years.”
Sagna has been desperately unlucky with injuries in recent seasons, suffering two separate leg breaks within a six month period.
Wenger hinted last season that Sagna was still yet to fully recover from his injuries and the player concedes that he suffered at times during the campaign just gone.
“I lost a bit of flexibility, I didn’t have a preseason last year either. I came back and wasn’t used to playing every three days so my body didn’t really like it, but I had to deal with it and it was quite difficult for me because I lost a bit of confidence, but that’s football and I learned a lot and now I’m looking forward to starting the new season.”