Cesc must wait for Fab new deal
Arsene Wenger has hinted that Arsenal could be ready to offer Cesc Fabregas a new improved contract.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 09/03/08 12:27pm
Arsene Wenger wants Cesc Fabregas to lead his young Gunners to silverware before the Spaniard is offered a contract that could see him as the highest paid player in the club's history.
The 20-year-old shone in Arsenal's midweek 2-0 win against Milan at the San Siro and Wenger wants the midfielder to produce that form every week before offering him a new improved contract.
A new deal for Fabregas has been mooted and Wenger has admitted the midfield schemer could be in line for a new contract.
The Frenchman told the News of the World: "I don't think this is the time to talk about contract situations, especially when a player is under a long contract.
"I believe let's first win something, in Europe or domestically, then you are in that league."
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on the youngster and Arsenal are looking to re-negotiate the terms of his contract - which expires in 2014.
"Cesc is still a bit young. You want him to develop as a player, the rest will then follow," Wenger said.
"We want Cesc to continue to develop as a complete midfielder, more of what you saw against Milan on Tuesday night - that he can defend and attack.
"That performance was most pleasing but the next step is to do that all the time."
The Frenchman is also keen to secure Fabregas' midfield partner Mathieu Flamini's signature when his contract expires in the summer.
After attracting interest from Italian giants Juventus, Wenger is keen to tie down Flamini to a new deal.
"At the moment, we are very positive about Flamini. I believe he will stay. He wants to stay, I want him to stay - so we have a good understanding from the start," Wenger added.