Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he is unconcerned over reports other clubs are trying to sign contract rebel Theo Walcott.
The England winger’s contract with the Gunners runs out at the end of the season and the Emirates Stadium hierarchy are yet to convince him to sign fresh terms.
If Walcott does not put pen to paper by January, he will be free to talk to other clubs and could even sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
Wenger appeared not to be concerned by that prospect and said he was only occupied with keeping him at Arsenal.
“My determination has always been to extend his contract and that other clubs are interested or not the determination is the same,” Wenger is quoted as saying by ESPN.
Recent reports suggested Serie A champions Juventus have joined the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool in preparing an offer for the 23-year-old.
Walcott has struggled to get a starting place this season, with Wenger preferring the wide options provided by Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain so far,
Walcott is currently injured after being involved in a nasty clash with San Marino goalkeeper while in England duty, but Wenger claimed he was close to returning to Arsenal action, though the Champions League clash against Schalke 04 at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.