Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Dennis Bergkamp that he will have to wait to find out if he will be given the final one-year contract that he craves.
The 36-year-old helped Arsenal to a 7-0 win over Everton last night although he has yet to persuade Wenger to offer him a new deal.
“We’ll sit down together at the end of the season and come to a decision,” Wenger said afterwards.
“He’s 36 and you can’t base your entire season around him as you can’t say he will play 50 games.
“I’ve made a decision, but we won’t announce it until the end of the season.
“He is a super-special player. You don’t meet a Dennis Bergkamp at the end of every street.”
Wenger is understood to happy to retain Bergkamp provided the forward does not expect to be an automatic choice.
“What he can do is still play 20 or 25 games, like he has done this season,” said Wenger.
“He is a great example to the other players and the likes of Robin van Persie have made a huge improvement this season.”
Bergkamp is out of contract at the end of the season and is hoping to have one final season at Highbury before retiring from playing.
And after the defeat of Everton, Bergkamp said: “It’s always in the back of your head it might be my last game at Highbury.
“Hopefully we can sort something out and I think the club will be sensible.
“They must have their reasons and it’s not the first time, but I’m quite confident it will be okay.
Bergkamp was singled out by the crowd during last night’s match, with a chant of “one more year” ringing round Highbury.
“It was quite special.
“It was difficult not to get emotional as it was quite something for them to all be cheering my name and shouting ‘one more year’.
“Was I moved to tears? Inside, yes. You are playing the game but with that singing, you get really emotional yourself.
“I know that I have the fans’ respect but I was still a bit surprised. They obviously feel there is another year left in me, so that’s great as it shows they’re really behind me.”