Sagna hints at Arsenal summer exit after recent contract talks hit a snag

The French defender joined the Premier League giants from Auxerre in July 2007.

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Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been quoted in France as saying he does not think he will stay at the club next season.

Sagna’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of conjecture for some time with the full-back out of contract this summer. Contract talks have stalled with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently claiming there had been no progress on the discussions and that Sagna had a decision to make.

Sagana has now confirmed contract talks have hit a snag and that he was likely to leave the Emirates this summer.

"I’m out of contract, as everyone knows," Sagna is quoted as saying to europe1.fr. "I still consider myself as an Arsenal player at present. But actually we had a small problem to agree (a new deal), and I don’t think I stay at Arsenal at the end of the season."

The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in Sagna with the French international thought to be keen to stay in the Premier League. Sagna joined Arsenal from Auxerre in July 2007 and has established himself as a key member of Arsene Wenger’s side.

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On Friday, Laurent Koscielny signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. Koscielny has made 163 appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Lorient four years ago and signed his previous deal as recently as 2012.

The French defender’s form this season has seen him linked with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, but he has now joined defensive partner Per Mertesacker in extending his Emirates contract.

"I am very proud to have reached agreement with the club on a new contract," the 28-year-old told the Arsenal website. "I have enjoyed four great years at Arsenal already, and I look forward to continuing to help the team in the years to come."