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Koscielny pens new long-term deal

Arsenal F.C. defender Laurent Koscielny has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal F.C. defender Laurent Koscielny has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium, according to the club’s official website, Arsenal.com.

The France international, 28, has proven to be another one of Arsene Wenger’s outstanding signings since arriving from French side FC Lorient in the summer of 2010.

Koscielny has formed a tremendous partnership with Per Mertesacker over the past two seasons, helping the Gunners keep 15 clean sheets in 31 of his English Premier League appearances this season. Solid.

The 28-year-old stopper is the eighth first-team player to commit his long-term future to North London this season, behind the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Gedion Zelalem, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Serge Gnabry, Tomas Rosicky and Wojciech Szczesny.

Manager Arsene Wenger is absolutely delighted the club have agreed a deal with Koscielny, and rightfully so.

“Laurent has proven himself to be an outstanding player since joining us in 2010 and has showed his quality once again this season, Wenger said.

“I am delighted he has decided to commit his future to the Club.”

Koscielny, himself, added: “I am very proud to have reached agreement with the Club on a new contract.

“I have enjoyed four great years at Arsenal already, and I look forward to continuing to help the team in the years to come.”

Koscielny, rated at around £16 million, had been reportedly attracting interest from the likes of AS Monaco, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani wants PSG talks

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has revealed he wants to sit down and discuss his future with club chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi at the end of the season.

The Uruguay international, 27, has not appreciated playing as a right-winger at the Parc des Princes after wrongfully anticipating being utilised as a 4-4-2 striker alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the start of the campaign.

Cavani has been heavily linked with a move to the English Premier League is recent times, with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly interested in the 27-year-old.

“My first season in France has been beautiful, despite all controversies around me,” Cavani told L’Equipe.

“Will I stay at PSG next season? I will surely talk with the chairman, and with the club.

“If I have important things to say, I will do it in-house. I believe we will all do our best for things to go off smoothly.”

However, a move for the Uruguayan will likely cost a fortune when considering PSG paid around €65 million for his signature last summer.

Should he stay or should he go?

Fri 9 May, 2014
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