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Sagna tells team-mates he is leaving Arsenal

ESPN staff
March 2, 2014
Bacary Sagna could be prepared to turn down a contract worth £100,000 a week at Arsenal © Getty Images

Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has told his team-mates he will be leaving in the summer rather than signing a new contract, according to a report in the Sun on Sunday.

Sources had informed ESPN last month that Sagna was to be offered a deal worth £100,000 a week to stay in north London until 2017, although Arsene Wenger admitted that a deal was "not close".

The Sun on Sunday now reports that Galatasaray are the leading candidates to sign Sagna for on a lucrative deal worth £120,000 per week after tax.

A club source told the newspaper: ""Bacary has told some of his team-mates he won't be staying beyond the summer. It is a shame as he is popular."

Sagna turned 31 last month, and has been at Arsenal since joining from Auxerre in 2007. That spell has coincided with an Arsenal trophy drought that extends back to 2005, a run that Sagna himself recently described as "embarrassing".

However, he also hinted his desire to stay at the club, telling the Daily Mirror: "I love Arsenal, I love playing for Arsenal, I love my team. Arsenal is the most followed team in France and I remember I used to watch them when I was in France so it was a pleasure to play for them, so why leave?"

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