Lots of Arsenal news filtering through this morning, not least of which is the report alerting us that Peter Hill-Wood does not expect to open contract talks with Robin van Persie until the end of the season.
RVP’s current deal is due to expire in 2013 and, obv, AW and the like are keen to get him to sign a new but apparently he does not want to do that until the summer.
“He doesn’t want to talk about it at the moment and we are not troubling him,” Hill-Wood told the Daily Star. “I think we will approach him near the end of the season. But we obviously hope that he will sign a new contract – I don’t see why he should not. I can’t believe he is unhappy with us.”
Hill-Wood reckons Van Persie has grown as a man since moving from Feyenoord in 2004. He added: “I think he is a decent fellow. He was quite difficult at Feyenoord, but we have had no trouble with him.”
Elsewhere, the Mail says we have entered the race to sign £8m-rated Rennes midfielder Tongo Hamed Doumbia. The Metro claims that midfielder Yann M’Vila, 21, who we made an unsuccessful bid for on transfer deadline day, says he is prepared to leave Rennes but not until after Euro 2012.
And, finally, the agent of Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia insists there has been no contact from Arsenal regarding a transfer and that the 24-year-old remains happy to stay in Lisbon.