Theo Walcott has expressed his desire to stay at Arsenal despite letting contract negotiations with the club run, revealing that he’s showed his commitment by turning down a ‘big money’ summer move.
England star Walcott, 23, has been the subject of media speculation about his future as he and Gunners officials have been unable to agree on an extension to his current deal which ends next year.
Arsenal are keen to avoid another high profile departure following Robin van Persie and Alex Song’s summer exits from the club, while Walcott himself affirms that he’s ‘never’ wanted to go elsewhere.
“I’ve never said I wanted to go. I’ve always said I wanted to be an Arsenal player,” Walcott said at the FA’s “Just Play” event in London.
“I’ve never been influenced by the money, it’s never been about that. I’m not that sort of person at all. It’s always been a football decision for me. If it was about the money, I would’ve gone in the summer.
“Hopefully, something can be sorted…we’re just waiting for the club to come back to us and go from there. Hopefully, I can get back in that team and start playing again.”
Negotiations are expected to be held throughout this week with former Southampton forward Walcott, while several European sides continue to keep tabs on his contract situation at Emirates Stadium.
What are your thoughts on Walcott’s ongoing contract talks with the club? Should the club cut their losses and sell him if he doesn’t sign before 2013? Or would you offer him an £100,000-a-week bumper deal to keep him happy?
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