Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he would like to keep William Gallas amid reported interest from Italy.
The French defender’s existing contract expires at the end of the season, after which he will be free to talk with other interested parties.
Reports emanating from Serie A have suggested Roma are preparing an offer for Gallas.
Wenger, though, is confident the 32-year-old will will extend his stay at Emirates Stadium.
“I am not concerned. He is under contract until the 30th of June. We have not found an agreement yet. I meet his agents again next Thursday and we will try to find a solution,” said the Arsenal manager.
“I would like to keep all that secret. I feel I have to respect both parties and not to come out about the details of negotiations.”
Wenger added on Roma’s interest: “I do not know if he has spoken to Roma, but he is out of contract and can talk to whom he wants.
“William is speaking to us and our desire is to keep him here.
“I think he wants to stay here.”