Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the club will not be rushed into making an announcement on the future of Robin van Persie, despite the growing speculation surrounding the Dutchman.
The striker, who is currently preparing for Euro 2012 with Holland, netted an exceptional 37 goals for the Gunners last season and with him now entering the last year of his contact, a number of top clubs have expressed an interest in signing him.
If the 28-year-old fails to agree a new deal, he will be able to walk away from the Emirates Stadium for free in a year’s time, making it more likely that he could be sold in the coming months.
Premier League champions Manchester City have been the most vocal in their desire to sign the striker, with boss Roberto Mancini regularly praising the forward and repeatedly expressing his desire to bring him to the north west.
Van Persie himself has done little to quash the rumours, making a series of vague remarks that have hardly reassured the Gunners’ fans.
However, despite the uncertainty surrounding the skipper, Gazidis insists the club will not be held to ransom and will take their time before making any announcements.
"Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion,” Gazidis told the club’s official website. "What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time.
"We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves.
"Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements,” he added.
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