Patrick Vieira told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and vice-chairman David Dein of his desire to leave Highbury last week, according his agent Marc Roger.
The 25-year-old still has three years left on his contract, but this hasn't stopped speculation linking with a move away from Highbury.
Although Arsenal declared on Friday that he is not for sale, it seems his future could lie elsewhere.
Roger said: "I was in the meeting when Patrick told Arsene Wenger and David Dein he wants to leave.
"He wanted to tell them face to face. They are fully aware of his intentions to move on and they know the score."
Roger has also reacted to some claims that he has been behind the newspaper speculation surrounding Vieira's plans in order to get his charge an increased deal.
"I am acting as instructed by Patrick," insisted Roger. "Unlike most other agents, I do not work on behalf of any club. I only represent the interests of the player.
"I am not going to fall out with Arsenal over this. I helped bring Patrick here and I also brought Nicolas Anelka and Sylvain Wiltord to Highbury.
"They must understand it is nothing personal. But if Patrick Vieira wants to leave for a new challenge, it is my job to help him achieve that.
"I have twice negotiated new contracts for Patrick to stay at the club. If he wanted to stay now, I would organise another deal for him. But he doesn't."