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Nasri puts off contract talks

February 22, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Samir Nasri says he will not discuss his future at Arsenal until the end of the season as he remains focused on winning trophies with the club.

Samir Nasri has outshone his more illustrious colleagues this season
GettyImagesSamir Nasri has outshone his more illustrious colleagues this season

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Nasri has been Arsenal's outstanding player throughout the course of the season and his form has led to suggestions that he could be a target for rival clubs, including Champions League opponents Barcelona.

Arsenal have already made contact with Nasri's agent regarding a contract extension at Emirates Stadium and have agreed to resume talks once the club's challenge on four fronts comes to an end in May.

While the France international will not officially pledge his future to the club just yet, he says he is very happy in North London.

"We promised each other to speak about this subject after the season ends," Nasri told Sport magazine. "For now, all my focus is on winning the league title and also getting as far as possible in the Champions League.

"All I can say is that I'm enjoying my time at Arsenal and in London, and I feel there's still a lot for me to contribute. One of the reasons I came to Arsenal was to win titles, and I'm not expecting to leave this club without one.

"I'm always flattered when my name is mentioned on connection with any big club. But I also know how things work. I don't think about these things. If there was an offer then it would be different, then I would have to make a choice.

"But all I can say is that I am happy here and I don't have any reason to go to another club. I feel I have improved a lot since joining the club and I know I can reach my full potential here.

"No, I honesty haven't thought about that [leaving Arsenal]. As things are right now, I feel happy here and I have the confidence from the manager ... there's no doubt that Arsenal is my first choice, and I don't think about other clubs or playing in any of the different leagues."