Arsenal captain Robin van Persie refused to state any intention of him staying with the Gunners and revealed talks over his future would begin this week.
Van Persie was presented with the Premier League golden boot award after scoring 30 times for the Emirates Stadium squad, but was non-committal when asked if he would extend his current contract.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remained confident they would keep their star man, as the Dutchman expressed his delight at guaranteed Champions League football next season and finishing ahead of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
“We will have a chat next week somewhere with the boss [Wenger] and Ivan Gazidis,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC, when asked if his future would be resolved quickly.
“You never know but Arsenal is a massive club, a great club. I have been playing here for eight years and I love this club. Whatever happens that will never change.”
The Gunners went into their final game of the season against West Brom knowing a win would secure third place in the Premier League.
They triumphed 3-2, but were helped by some calamitous goalkeeping errors form Marton Fulop – the Hungarian was making his first appearance of the season.
The win kept them above Tottenham, who won 2-0 at home to Fulham, and meant they would qualify directly for the Champions League group stage next season, avoiding a possibly tricky qualifying tie early in August.
The significance of this certainty was not lost on Van Persie, who was open about how crucial it was to the club.
“It is vital, vital. The best thing is that we stay in front of Spurs. They won today but it didn't matter,” he added.
“The main thing was coming third and we did it, so we can be very proud.”
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