Arsenal have reportedly informed captain Robin van Persie that he will not be sold during the summer transfer window, even if he fails to agree a new contract.
Van Persie has been in quite phenomenal form over the past 12 months or so, and the Gunners are desperate to retain the services of the Holland international.
However, the 28-year-old's current deal is set to expire at the end of next season and, as of yet, he has not given any clear indication that he intends to stay at the Emirates Stadium.
Discussions over a new deal have been put on hold until the end of the season and, should Van Persie decide not to put pen to paper, then cashing-in on the Dutchman would become an option.
However, according to Goal.com, the Gunners will not sell Van Persie at any price, instead allowing him to leave the club under the Bosman ruling in 2013.
“The communication has come directly from Ivan Gazidis,” an Arsenal source told Goal.com.
“He flatly refuses to sell him at any price. He has told Van Persie, ‘you are going nowhere and can see out your contract’.
“Arsenal are not stupid. If he sees out his contract he will be 30. Real Madrid and Barcelona are not going to recruit him at 30.
“Van Persie feels powerless and anxious. There is no way any club will pay £40m for him this summer, because of his age. This makes him a £20m player and Arsenal don’t need to sell him for that.”
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