Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that Alex Song has a buy-back clause in his Barcelona contract - and has encouraged the midfielder to stay at the Nou Camp and fight for a first-team place.

The Cameroon international was one a key player for Wenger last season as Arsenal battled to a top-three finish, but he left the Emirates for Spain after Barcelona tabled a £15m bid and offered the player a five-year contract.

Song built up a great partnership with striker Robin van Persie last season, but both of them decided to move on in the summer. However, for Song, it hasn't been as rosy as it has been for Van Persie.

The 25-year-old has only made a handful of appearances in a Barcelona shirt and there has been speculation that he could be looking to move on after just one season in Spain, but his ex-manager believes he should stay at Barca and fight for his place.

Wenger was also quick to rule out any potential buy-back clause that might have been included in the contract.

"There is no buy-back [clause] in his contract," Wenger confirmed to "I heard that he wants to give it a go for another season, which you can understand because it's the first season [with Barcelona].

"I think he's a quality player and sometimes the players have to persist when it doesn't go well and not change their mind too soon.

"My personal advice for him would be to give it another go and after two seasons he can still make a decision."


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