Arsenal seek new Nasri deal
Arsenal hope to agree a new deal with Samir Nasri but his agent claims he is leaving his options open.
Last Updated: 06/01/11 12:25pm
Arsenal are hoping to agree a contract extension with Samir Nasri but the French midfielder is leaving his options open, according to his agent.
Nasri has been in the form of his life for the Gunners this season, emerging as an integral part of Arsene Wenger's side.
The 23-year-old has proved he is capable of sharing captain Cesc Fabregas' creative burden, scoring 13 goals already this term, including nine in 16 Premier League starts alone.
The France international's current deal expires in 2012 but Arsenal are hopeful of tying him down to a new long-term contract.
The Gunners are keen to avoid a repeat of the situation that saw Mathieu Flamini's contract run down in 2008, allowing the midfielder to join AC Milan on a free transfer, and Wenger knows he must act fast.
Nasri has naturally been attracting interest elsewhere given his fine form, and Spanish giants Barcelona are rumoured to be lining up a summer move for the former Marseille man.
And when asked about Nasri's future, his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes hinted he would consider all options.
"We're in discussions to extend his contract," he told French media.
"Then we will see afterwards what direction Samir wants to take with his career."
Arsenal signed Nasri from Marseille for a fee of £15.8million in the summer of 2008.