Mathieu Flamini demands pay-off to quit Arsenal

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Mathieu Flamini has been told he has no future at Arsenal, but is refusing to leave until the club agree to give him a pay-off, reports Goal.

The midfielder returned to the club for a second spell in 2013, signing a three-year contract after being released by AC Milan.

He has started 46 games for the Gunners in the last two seasons, but the emergence of Francis Coquelin has seen him pushed out of Arsene Wenger's plans.


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Wenger left Flamini out of his match day squad for the game against West Ham on Sunday, awarding Mikel Arteta a place on the bench and Coquelin a starting berth.

The 31-year-old has told Arsenal that he wants to stay and see out the remaining 12 months on his contract, but the Gunners are ready to sell with Turkish giants Galatasaray and Ligue 1 side Bastia reportedly interested.

However, Flamini, who has played for France three times in his career, is not prepared to leave the Emirates until Arsenal agree to pay at least a portion of his contract upfront.

Making a loss

Currently earning £40,000-a-week in north London, it means Wenger may have to agree to pay up to £2million to get him off the books.

With his market value barely above that, Wenger would surely prefer to keep his fellow Frenchman on the periphery if the squad than remove him at a loss to Arsenal.

Fun fact

Strangely, if Arsenal have to pay to remove him from the squad, it will be the first time in his career that a club has had to pay in order to get Flamini to move. He has moved three times since emerging from the Marseille academy and it has always been on a free transfer.

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