Van Persie: Contract talks on hold

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Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has confirmed that he will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future with the club, and insists there is nothing 'sinister' at play.

The 28-year-old's current deal expires at the end of next season, and there is concern among the Gunners' faithful that Van Persie will not stay at the Emirates Stadium beyond his current terms.

Van Persie has been in quite sensational form over the past year or so, and his goal against Tottenham on Sunday represented a 23rd strike in the league this term.

This form is likely to see the Dutchman courted by a number of clubs come the summer, and he has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Van Persie, though, appears to be the loyal sort and could well decide to commit himself to Arsenal, regardless of whether or not they secure Champions League football for next season.

Either way, the Holland international will not be making any decision until the summer.

“There have been a lot of stories, generally contradictory ones, about my contract situation recently so I’d like to make it clear," he told Arsenal's official matchday programme.

"There’s nothing complicated or sinister - the Club and I have both agreed to speak at the end of the season and see how things stand. The boss, Ivan Gazidis and I are all comfortable with it.

“I need all my focus to be on football - on captaining this team, improving every day, doing extra work on the training pitch and preparing for the very busy schedule of fixtures we have.

"If I look down the list, there’s not much time to sit down and think about anything else! For me, this is a time to play football and not speak about personal things.

"All of my energy needs to go on getting this team where we want it to be this season.”

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