Wenger denies Cesc talks
Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports claiming that the club has opened contract negotiations with Cesc Fabregas.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 15/02/08 7:26pm
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports claiming that the club has opened contract negotiations with Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish midfielder had suggested on Thursday that talks were underway concerning an extension to his current deal.
However, Wenger insists that the player was merely pledging his alliance to the club in the wake of renewed speculation linking him with a return to Primera Division giants Barcelona.
"At the moment there are no talks. What he wanted to say is that he is committed to the future here," said the Frenchman.
"He was interviewed by Spanish radio and that's all he wanted to say."
On the continuing argument as to whether Premier League games should be played abroad in the near future, Wenger admits that he has been surprised by the intensity of opposition to the proposals.
"I'm surprised by the immensity of the battle from people who are against it without really analysing the pros and cons," he said.
"For me the biggest disrespect to the fans is to take money out of their pockets without giving them something of quality.
"I can understand a lot of resistance because there are problems that have to be erased, but you cannot say that a competitive game is disrespectful to fans.
"Friendly games for huge prices are disrespectful to fans."
Meanwhile, away from the field, Red and White Holdings Ltd have increased their stake in the Gunners to 24%.
The investment company is owned by Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov and London-based investor Farhad Moshiri, and also has Arsenal's former vice-chairman David Dein as its chairman.
Usmanov has made no secret of his desire to eventually gain complete control of the club, and with a 'lock-down' agreement between current board members due to expire in April, there remains a possibility that a takeover could be completed in the near future.