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Wenger: Flamini news close

02 May 2008 03:08
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects to hear shortly whether Mathieu Flamini will sign a new contract to remain at the Emirates Stadium. The France international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with free transfer moves to Juventus and AC Milan in recent weeks. "The latest is that we are at the end of April but it is still not sorted out," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "Certainly we should get an answer today or tomorrow." Meanwhile, Wenger remains optimistic that the 24-year-old former Marseille youngster will decide to remain in north London. "I'm always positive because I believe the link he has with the club will be stronger than all the other different attractions that he can have," he continued. "I know that if it's down to football then he will stay here. If it's down to football or financial resources he might not stay here. "He is free to choose a different direction, everybody is free out of contract and you have to respect that."

Source: ESA