The Daily Mail says the France right back feels ‘disrespected’ by the Gunners’ offer of a 12-month extension to his deal that expires in 2014. He has told team-mates he expects to leave at the end of the season.
Arsenal are refusing to improve his current wage of £60,000 a week. Given this will be the defender’s final big contract — he is 30 in February — he is looking for a substantial salary increase.
The club’s decision not to offer a long-term deal is thought to be connected to fears over his injury record, having suffered two broken legs in a year.