Van Persie not on way to Juve, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger remains confident captain Robin van Persie will stay at Arsenal next season — and rubbished suggestions the Holland striker would be moving to Italian champions Juventus.

Van Persie has yet to resolve his long-term future, with a year left to run on his current Gunners contract.

The Dutchman held preliminary talks with Arsenal before he left for what turned out to be a disappointing European Championship campaign as the Netherlands failed to progress past the group stages after three defeats.

Van Persie, 28, plundered some 37 goals in all competition to help fire Arsenal back into the third place in the Barclays Premier League — and with it automatic qualification into the Champions League once again.

Wenger though, insists speculation of a big-money move away from Emirates Stadium, with English champions Manchester City also reported to be preparing a lucrative offer as well as the Serie A winners, are all wide of the mark.

Arsenal are keen to show their intent for next season with more signings to follow German striker Lukas Podolski. And a £13m move for France forward Olivier Giroud is, according to Montpellier’s officials, at an advanced stage.

* Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba yesterday confirmed his long-expected move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The 34-year-old, who confirmed his intention to leave Stamford Bridge following Chelsea’s Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal reportedly worth £200,000 a week. He will join up with former Chelsea colleague Nicolas Anelka, who joined the club in January.

* Alberto Aquilani is set to return to Liverpool having received no offers from other clubs, according to his agent.

Aquilani, who played on loan at AC Milan this season, is under contract with Liverpool until June 2014.

* Rangers chief executive Charles Green and manager Ally McCoist will meet with players next week in a bid to clarify their futures at the club.

Green believes all contracts should transfer to his newco under employment law, despite the Scottish PFA previously claiming the squad are free to walk away.

Players are due to start reporting back to Murray Park for fitness training on June 28 and the Yorkshireman, who completed his purchase of the business and assets of Rangers last week, wants to hold talks with them, having already had discussions with the players’ union and some agents.

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