Arsenal left back Gael Clichy has confirmed he is not planning on leaving the London club in the summer, quashing reports that Arsene Wenger is planning on selling the star in a clean out at Emirates.
“When I arrived at Arsenal it was because I wanted to improve myself as a player and to win titles, and that is normal with any player,” Clichy said.
“Wenger persuaded me to come here at a time when I was receiving offers from other clubs – and I have to say that my present and my future is with Arsenal.”
Talks over an extension on Clichy’s contract, which expires in June 2012, have reportedly stalled, but the French international says this is only because he wants to concentrate on playing football.
“I am leaving talks over my contract with my agent so that I can focus on my football,” the Arsenal star said.
“I know that there are rumours about me going elsewhere but I have nothing to say about that.
“I have always wanted to be at a club where I am content. Money is important but it is not a decisive factor. All I want is to win a title – that’s my ultimate ambition.”
Arsenal currently sit second on the Barclays Premier League table, and look to have one of the most exciting young sides in the league. While they are seven points behind first placed Manchester United, Arsenal have a game in hand and should they win that, and their game against United, the gap is decreased to just one point.
Clichy will no doubt be happy with the possibility of Arsenal taking the title and if that is his main motivation for sticking with Gunners, he will be staying for quite some time yet.
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