Arsene Wenger was adamant that Arsenal are keen on extending terms with star striker Robin van Persie and that the feeling is mutual.
The Gunners boss poured cold water on reports that negotiations with the highly talented Dutch international had reached an impasse, insisting instead that it was just a matter of coordinating schedules.
"We want to extend the contract of Robin," Wenger was quoted as saying by The Telegraph. "The basic problem is to get round the table.
"We did that already a few times but we always got delayed afterwards.
"Robin wants to stay, he wants basically to stay. But he still has two years to go."
The News of the World had claimed that a new four-year deal was offered to Van Persie as far back as six months ago but that the ex-Feyenoord star and his representatives had balked over the club's alleged refusal to include a get-out clause in the contract.
Wenger concluded by stressing, "It is a priority to extend the contract of [Nicklas] Bendtner as well."
Derek Wanner, Goal.com