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Published: 12:02 | 13/5/16

Wenger denies contract reports


Arsene Wenger has denied reports that he is close to signing a new contract at Arsenal.

Wenger has another year to run on his current deal at the Emirates but some fans have called for him to stand down after missing out on the Premier League title despite being top of the table at the turn of the year.

A small number of supporters protested during the recent win over Norwich City, which was Wenger's 750th Premier League game in charge, but reports on Friday claimed the Frenchman was close to agreeing a two-year extension to his current deal.

Speaking during Friday's press conference, Wenger moved to dismiss the rumours but has not ruled out signing a new contract next year.

"That's completely wrong," he said regarding the reports. "I don't know where this information comes from. You can treat that as just an invention and no more.

"It's absolutely false. I would like the press to check this information with myself or the club before they give it out. We both would have denied it.

"I think about the next game. At my stage you want to do well. I'm committed with integrity and commitment, full commitment to the club as long as I'm under contract, but at the moment that's all."

When asked about a potential new deal at the end of next season, Wenger added: "What I focus on is respecting my contract and then envisage what I will do afterwards.

"I can understand people are interested in that, but that is not the most important thing.

"I extended my contract in a period that was vital for the club and after that I will see where I am personally and where the club stands at the end of my contract."

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