Wenger has ‘desire’ to keep Gallas

Arsene Wenger is confident star defender William Gallas will agree
a new Arsenal contract, saying: “It’s our desire is to keep him
here.”

Gallas is out of contract at the end of the season, and as
such is free to talk to any clubs, with Roma reported to be
tracking the former Chelsea defender who turns 33 in August.

Wenger, though, is confident the Frenchman will extend his
stay at Emirates Stadium.

“I am not concerned. He is under contract until the 30th of
June. We have not found an agreement yet. I meet his agents again
next Thursday and we will try to find a solution,” said the Arsenal
manager, who refused to be drawn on whether the length of deal was
the sticking point.

“I would like to keep all that secret. I feel I have to
respect both parties and not to come out about the details of
negotiations.”

Wenger added: “I do not know if he has spoken to Roma, but he
is out of contract and can talk to whom he wants.

“William is speaking to us and our desire is to keep him
here.

“I think he wants to stay here.”