Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has played down reports suggesting he could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium this summer - and has also admitted that he is in talks with the club's officials over a new contract.

The Frenchman has just entered his final year of his current contract, so that means that come January, if nothing has been agreed, he can sign for another club for free.

Over the last few months, Sagna has been strongly linked with a move back to France, with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco showing a firm interest in the right-back.

The 30-year-old has spent six years at Arsenal and the club are reluctant to let him enter his final year of his contract as they do not want to lose him for a free next summer.

The club and the player have been talking about a new contract since December, but as of yet, nothing has been agreed and finalised because of different opinions in the contract duration and the pay packet.

Sagna wants to be offered a long-term deal with a pay rise included; however, Arsenal are only willing to offer him a one-year extension with no pay rise at all.

Despite not agreeing just yet, the Frenchman is confident that something will be agreed on in the time being.

"We are still talking [about a new contract]," he told Gulf News. "I never said I wanted to leave the club, but there are some journalists who want to speculate as I have just one year to go.

"The fact is that I am still at Arsenal and I am looking forward to playing next season.

"Arsenal made me grow as a player and as a man. People have been talking about me going back to France, but at the moment I am at Arsenal."

Talking ahead of the new season, Sagna admits that it's due to a lack of focus why they haven't won any silverware in the last eight years, but he also believes the quality is there.

"I truly believe we can be successful," he added. "I truly believe we can be champions or else I wouldn't be playing football. I would have gone already. I truly believe we can succeed with the team we have.

"I strongly believe we have the quality to be the best in the Premiership. If not, look at the second half of last season, where we got 26 points from a possible 30. Not a lot of teams can do this and this is what makes me believe we can beat anyone.

"However, on some days we can switch off and lose to anyone. And to avoid this, we need to take things game by game and stay focused from the beginning to the end.

"There are no major things that we ought to do to continue succeeding. I think we just have to stick around as a team, where each one helps out on the pitch, and stay consistent like we did in the second half of the season."    


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