Arsene Wenger claimed this morning that Samir Nasri will be an Arsenal player this season, however, the Frenchman stopped short of making a similarly decisive comment about the future of Cesc Fabregas.
Speaking to assembled media in Kuala Lumpur as his side gear up for their first pre-season game against a Malaysian XI, the Frenchman made clear he was confident that his compatriot would stay loyal to the Gunners.
“I expect Samir Nasri to stay. There is always speculation, but he is committed to the club right now.’
“Will he be at the club next season? I say yes. The second part (of the question) – will he sign a new contract? I hope yes, but I am not the only one to decide.”
While Nasri has made the journey to the Far East, Spanish playmaker Fabregas has remained in London with fitness problems cited as a reason for his absence.
“Cesc loves the club and hopefully we will manage. We know that this story for Barcelona has gone on for years now, we have to close that and focus on the season, hopefully with Cesc Fabregas.”
News of Nasri’s apparent decision to honour the final year of his contract at the Emirates appears to tally with a report in L’Equipe this morning which claims the 23-year-old will stay for twelve months before walking away free next summer.
In contrast France Football still insist that an imminent move to Manchester City is on the cards with the midfielder set to become the highest paid French player in the world with a contract which could earn him €10.7 million a season.