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Wenger says he shouldn’t have to convince star midfielder to sign new deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that discussions are underway to extend the contract of influential midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international’s current deal at the Emirates expires at the end of next season and there have been rumours Chelsea are monitoring his situation closely.

Ramsey has been an Arsenal player for the best part of a decade now having signed from boyhood club Cardiff City back in 2008. The 27-year-old has proven over the years that on his day he has the ability to be one of the best attacking midfielders in England.

Ramsey was in inspired form during the Gunners 4-1 Europa League victory over CSKA Moscow last Thursday. He scored a brace during a superb display, with his second goal a world class instinctive finish.

Wenger has confirmed that talks are ongoing with Ramsey’s representatives and the French coach would like the long serving midfielder to stay at the Emirates.

Although he also added that there are a lot of factors to be considered and that he does not feel he should ever have to push a player too hard to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

“We are communicating.”

“Yes, I’m confident, he’s not at the end of his contract, he has one and a half years to go. From my side it is clear, but you always have to find an agreement. Wenger said.

“We want him to stay. He’s one of these guys who has been here for a long time. He will be an important player in the future of this club.”

“I don’t want to convince a player (they should sign),” 

“I want the player to be happy to play for the club. Having players who want to play for the club is the way we want to play football and is in the values we feel are important to us.

“With the right amount of money we want to pay, all these things have to come together.”

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