Robin van Persie will not discuss new deal with Arsenal until summer
Robin van Persie will only have a year remaining on his current Arsenal contract by next summer.
Robin van Persiewill not consider negotiating a new contract withArsenalbefore the end of the season even if the club attempts to force the issue, according to his representatives.
Arsenal are conscious that the striker who has scored 13 times in 19 appearances for the club will only have a year remaining on his deal next summer. Arsène Wenger, the manager, wants no repeat of the scenario that meant Samir Nasri had to be sold in August to Manchester City 12 months before his deal ended, or he would have been able to leave for nothing a year later.
But Van Persie has told friends he will consider his position only at the end of the current campaign.
Cesc Fábregas, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer, offered a warning to his former club earlier in the week when he said of the 28-year-old: "At his age, if he wants to move it will be his last chance and if he wants to stay he will stay and retire at Arsenal. He is the role model of Arsenal, the star player and they cannot afford to lose him.
"I don't know if they will keep him. We will see what he decides but he's been very loyal to Arsenal for a few years. He is a key player, the fans love him."