Arsene Wenger insists that the Arsenal board are backing him in his resolve to keep Samir Nasri, despite Sir Alex Ferguson warning the French manager that it's a risky decision to hold on to the star.
“I don’t think [Nasri] is coming to Manchester United,” Ferguson said this week.
“That is all I can tell you. I think that he has agreed to go somewhere else.
“That is [Arsene Wenger’s] decision. He is the manager. If he stands by that decision, it is a brave one.
“I don’t know if the directors will enjoy that one, but it is possible. Maybe he will have to stay.”
But Wenger insists that the board at Arsenal are standing behind his decision to keep Nasri, despite the star entering the final year of his contract and leaving open the possibility that he may leave the club next summer for free.
“I believe that is no problem,” Wenger said of the Arsenal board’s feelings on the matter.
“It is a technical decision. On one hand people say I don't spend enough and when I spend people say I spend too much.
“It's very difficult to find the right medium. What is important is that the Club has a good team and is in a strong financial situation.”
Nasri was favoured to make a move to Manchester United during the transfer window, and particularly with United squad members commenting on the possibility of Nasri going to Old Trafford, speculation is rife that Nasri may still be in talks with Ferguson.
But Wenger has taken a strong stance about keeping as many players as possible at Arsenal, and looks set to put a high price over Nasri’s head should United insist on making a play for the star.