Arsene Wenger says reports that he has been offered a new contract are completely false.
The Times reported yesterday that Stan Kroenke is willing to give the Frenchman a new two-year contract on the proviso the 66-year-old pledges his future to the club before October.
Wenger, who joined the club nearly 20-years ago, is out of contract at the end of next season and says he’s completely committed to seeing out his current deal.
Speaking on Friday ahead of Arsenal’s final league game of the season against Aston Villa, the boss reacted angrily to the latest media rumour-mongering.
Here’s a transcript of the relevant responses, you can make your own mind up.
[Questions posed by Nick Collins, Sky Sports News]
You’ve still got one year left on your contract, there are reports that you’re to be offered a two-year extension to that…
That’s completely wrong and I don’t know where this information comes from. You can treat that as just an invention. It’s absolutely false.
And I would like this press to check the information before they give it out because they could have checked with the club or with myself and we’d both have denied it.
Is that something you’d like though? A two-year extension…
No. I think about the next game you know. At my stage you want to do well. I’m committed with integrity and commitment, full commitment for the club, as long as I’m under contract. At the moment that’s all.
[Questions posed by James Olley, The Evening Standard]
I know you’ve knocked down the contract story, but will it make it harder to sign players if they don’t know whether you’re going to be here beyond next season?
I don’t think so. I hope not.
Have you decided what you will do, privately, beyond next season?
What will determine that?
What I focus [on] is to respect my contract and after [I’ll] envisage what I do after. I can understand that people are interested in that but that’s not the most important. I think I’ve extended my contract at a period when it was vital for the club and after that I will see where I am personally and where the club stands at the end of my contract.
So, to rephrase that slightly…what happens next season will determine whether you stay or not?
Of course, yeah. You sum it up very well.