Friday, February 15, 2008


Arsene Wenger today denied Arsenal have opened negotiations over a new contract with Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas, whose current deal with the Gunners expires in 2014, revealed yesterday that the club has sought talks over fresh terms.

But Wenger insists the Spain midfielder was simply voicing his commitment to the club in response to speculation over renewed interest from home town club 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."

Wenger is surprised at the ferocity of the backlash against the Premier League's proposal to play a 39th game abroad each season from 2011.

The plan has received universal condemnation with FIFA president Sepp Blatter the latest dissenting voice, declaring it will "never happen".

But Wenger insists the idea should be investigated properly before being written off.

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