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    Van Persie: Contract discussions due soon


    Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have signalled their intent to skipper Robin van Persie they are serious about challenging for trophies next season with the signing of Lukas Podolski.
    The Dutch striker, who on Thursday night collected the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, is set to sit down with Arsenal at the end of the season for discussions over a contract extension, with another year left on his current deal.
    Speculation over Van Persie's future is set to rumble on - with Manchester City, Barcelona and AC Milan all said to be ready to offer the 28-year-old a big-money move.

    Wenger, though, feels the Gunners have already shown they mean business in 2012/13 following the 11million signing of Germany international Podolski from Cologne, the transfer confirmed earlier this week.
    "Great players like to be with great players, so it helps always to get them in," the Gunners boss said.
    "First, we want Robin to stay because he is convinced that we can play for the championship. I believe we have that."
    Wenger continued: "You want the players to be happy, and the club to be happy.

    "I believe that we will have an honest exchange at the end of the season and at the moment we have to put the priorities where they are, which is to qualify the club for the next Champions League and more than being obsessed about any individual situation."
    Arsenal have been linked with the likes of Yann M'Vila at Rennes and Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, whom Wenger claimed was "an interesting player" and that the Gunners "look at all the players all over Europe every week".
    The Emirates Stadium club's hand in potential negotiations would be further strengthened by the guarantee of Champions League football again next season.

    Victory over Norwich on Saturday in the Gunners' final home would be a step in the right direction following defeat by Wigan and successive draws against Chelsea and Stoke.
    "I do not want to be in the Champions League because of Robin. I want to be in the Champions League because that is the target of the club," Wenger said.
    "After, the players are part of the club and the club wants to be with the best. So, for me, what is at stake is where the club will be at the end of the season, more than any individual player."
    Arsenal finish what has been a testing campaign at West Brom, which is set to be a charged atmosphere in Roy Hodgson's final game before taking charge of England.

    Wenger, though, will not expect his players to become lost in the occasion.
    He said: "I believe that it will be an emotional departure, maybe, but I think what is important for us is to turn up with a good performance and win the football games.
    "It will be difficult, certainly, but not more, not less."

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    Redknapp: 'What was the big problem?'


    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has criticised the Football Association for allowing speculation about the England manager's job rumble on for almost three months.
    Redknapp was installed as the overwhelming favourite to become England's next head coach in February after Fabio Capello resigned, but the FA this week appointed West Brom boss Roy Hodgson instead.
    The period between Capello's resignation and Hodgson's appointment was a tough one for Spurs.
    They lost five league games and slipped out of the top four, Redknapp had to deal with constant speculation that he was to be offered the position, and the club even wrote to the Premier League to request that other managers stop tipping him for the job.
    Redknapp was happy that the FA did not conduct interviews for the post and holds no grudges against Hodgson, but is disappointed the saga went on for so long.

    "It did drag on," Redknapp said.
    "I don't know why they didn't do it six weeks ago. What was the big problem? West Brom weren't going to go down.
    "It was non-stop speculation."
    Redknapp has always maintained his focus throughout has been on Tottenham, but he conceded on Friday that others at the club thought the speculation did have an impact.
    He said: "I think (chairman Daniel Levy) thinks it might have done, (assistant manager) Kevin Bond thinks it could have had an effect.
    "He thought there was a change, but I didn't see it like that."
    Levy was reported to be ready to hand Redknapp a new contract to keep him out of England's clutches, but Hodgson's appointment, and Tottenham's recent slump, have dampened talk of an extension to his current deal, which expires next summer.

    Some Spurs fans blamed the manager's tactics for their recent poor run but they made their feelings clear after Wednesday's 4-1 win over Bolton, chanting the 65-year-old's name following a second successive win which lifted them in to fourth.
    Redknapp insists he is ready to commit his long-term future to Tottenham but is adamant that he will not pester Levy into handing him a new deal any time soon.
    "I've got no thoughts with moving anywhere else," he said.
    "I don't feel any different now to a few years ago. I don't feel tired and I've got a good job here.
    "But I don't want to make it seem that I am chasing Daniel, asking him to give me a new contract. I'm not."
    Redknapp rubbished claims that he was not offered the job because of a reluctance to move to Burton upon Trent, where England's new HQ, St George's Park, is located.

    "I read my wife didn't want me going to Burton every day but she doesn't even know where I go now and she doesn't know where Burton is!" Redknapp said.
    "There's a Burton's (menswear shop) 10 minutes form where we live. She probably thought it was there."
    Hodgson's appointment has led to a bit of a backlash given that Redknapp was the people's choice for the post, but the Spurs boss wishes the former Fulham manager the best and admits he would have missed the day-to-day routine that comes with being a club coach if he had become England boss.
    "I enjoy being with the players every day," Redknapp said.

    "It would have been a different way of life completely to anything I've ever done. I won't be bitter," he added.
    "I was quite relieved on Monday morning when I woke up that it was all out of the way."
    Spurs have a chance to leapfrog Arsenal into third this weekend. They need to beat Aston Villa and see the Gunners slip up at home to Norwich.
    Luka Modric underlined his importance to Spurs this week when he scored a screamer in the club's victory at Bolton.
    Now that he is not taking the England job, Redknapp is keen to build his squad to be able to launch a sustained title challenge next term and he acknowledges that the likes of Modric and Gareth Bale are key to achieving that goal.
    "Once you start selling your best players you're finished," Redknapp said.
    "We are not looking to do that. We are looking to build a team here, not dismantle."

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    Paulo Sergio: The next move is not mine


    Paulo Sergio is awaiting the next move from the Hearts board over his future as the capital club prepare for their final match at Tynecastle of a tumultuous season which could yet end on a high.
    Sergio, who succeeded Jim Jefferies as Hearts boss in August, is out of contract at the end of the campaign which concludes with the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hibernian on May 19.
    First Hearts meet St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in Edinburgh on Sunday seeking a win to keep their bid for a place in the Europa League alive until the final day of the SPL season.
    Sergio has guided Hearts through a challenging campaign featuring wage delays and previously stated his desire to remain at Tynecastle.
    However, Sergio is at the mercy of owner Vladimir Romanov, director Sergejus Fedotovas and managing director David Southern over an extension to his current contract.

    "The timing is not mine," Sergio said. "It's not me that should be asking the board to sit around the table.
    "We have been talking, people showed to me that they want me to stay, but the next move is not mine. The next step is for the ones who pay."
    Sergio insisted he is not concerned about what the future holds.
    Sergio said: "I'm never worried about the future. Our future is today.
    "If you do well today, I'm sure tomorrow the sun is going to be shining.
    "If you forget to do what you should do every single day, maybe tomorrow it's raining.
    "Live your day, do what you can, live 100% every minute of your life. It's the way I live."
    Victory for St Johnstone would wrap up fifth place for the Perth side and a place in the Europa League next term, meaning Hearts' only avenue to continental competition would be by winning the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896.
    Hearts lost 1-0 to Motherwell on Tuesday - a victory which helped to secure Champions League qualification for the Lanarkshire side - and Sergio called for his side to show the same desire as their opponents on Sunday. It was an area where he felt they were deficient on Tuesday.
    "For them a good result here means qualification for Europe," he added.
    "St Johnstone will be motivated as ever to get a result here at Tynecastle.
    "That kind of motivation sometimes can be the difference. We can't just be waiting for the cup final to put in 100%. We should put that in every single day."

    The match is set to mark the final Tynecastle appearance for some of the Hearts squad, including midfielder Ian Black, who was this week told his contract would not be extended.
    "As a manager I would like to have Blacky with me, but it's a decision I can do nothing about," Sergio added.
    "From the point of view of our board, I think it's a financial decision, because nobody here should have doubts about the quality of the player.
    "I believe Blacky is happy with that decision too, because maybe he wants to try himself at a higher level."
    That higher level, possibly in England, could be for Scotland under Craig Levein, according to Sergio.
    The Portuguese added: "I'm sure he's not going to disappoint Craig if he has a chance in the national squad."

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    Shinji Kagawa: Linked with Manchester United


    Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa will wait until after the German Cup final before announcing where his future lies.
    The Japan international has already told Dortmund he would not be extending his one-year deal, which was confirmed by the club last week.
    Manchester United have been linked with a move for the highly-rated midfielder, but the 23-year-old will not confirm anything until after their clash with Bayern Munich.

    "I have not taken a decision just now," he told Bild.
    "I will only decide after the match against Bayern Munich and it will be after long discussions with my agent."
    After it emerged Kagawa would not be signing a new deal, Dortmund's fans have been backing him and he is pleased with how they have reacted.
    "I am pleased to get massive support from the Dortmund supporters and the Dortmund crowd in recent weeks. This is just fine, I am enjoying this very much.
    "We are now trying to even more win the remaining match against Bayern Munich in the German Cup.

    "It would be our fifth straight win against Bayern and would be even more of an icing on the cake.
    "To win the Bundesliga and the German Cup in one season would be just great."
    Meanwhile, Kagawa rubbished claims he had fallen out with team-mate Robert Lewandowski.
    "I do not have any troubles with Robert Lewandowski. I have been surprised by some stories, some of them two weeks ago. Some things are just untrue, but I will learn from those things. I have been talking to Robert about this," he said.

    "We have said this is no issue for us and I am just sorry some feel things are bad due to these stories.
    "You just need to see those recent matches to know that I enjoy playing alongside Robert as much as playing with all the other players of the team. We have handed each other enough chances to score."

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    Andre Santos: No move to Brazil


    Botafogo have been quick to deny that they are lining up a deal for Arsenal full-back Andre Santos.
    The 29-year-old joined Arsenal last summer from Fenerbahce in a deal worth 6million, but he has failed to make a huge impression at the Emirates.

    Reports had claimed that Santos was wanted back in his native Brazil by Botafogo.

    However, the club have denied any such deal is in the pipeline.
    Botafogo's vice-president Andre Silva told Lance: "Andre [Santos] is our friend but he is not coming to Botafogo at this time".
    Santos's agent Carlos Leite added: "There is zero chance Andre [Santos] could join Botafogo now."

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