Arsene Wenger believes Cesc Fabregas needs to help Arsenal to some silverware this season before the club even contemplates rewarding the young midfielder with a new pay deal, and The Gunners boss maintains there is still plenty of room for improvement from the player.
Reports in Sunday's newspaper suggest the 20-year-old maestro is set to be made the highest paid player at The Gunners this summer following his superb displays this season, but Wenger says he will not entertain any notion of contract talks until the current campaign is over.
"I don't think this is the time to talk about contract situations, especially when a player is under a long contract. I believe let's first win something, in Europe or domestically, then you are in that league," said the French tactician in the News of the World.
Wenger went on to say he saw plenty of room for development in the young Spaniard, and compared his star to a young Steven Gerrard.
"Cesc is still a young man. You want him to develop as a player, the rest will then follow," continued Wenger.
"I saw Steven Gerrard at 20 and there's a lot more from him now.
"We want Cesc to continue to develop as a complete midfielder, more of what you saw against Milan on Tuesday night that he can defend and attack.
"That performance was most pleasing but the next step is to do that all the time."