Arsene Wenger has squashed any rumours suggesting the Gunners are ready to buy back their former star Alex Song, implying that he needs to give it another year at least.
The defensive midfielder has struggled to make a lasting impression for his new side Barcelona, and has been tipped for a departure after his cousin admitted his unhappiness in Spain.
Some Gooners were getting excited over the prospect of a reunion with Song, while others were pleasured to hear of his unhappiness after departing the Gunners last season.
The combative Cameroonian was nurtured by Wenger and transformed into one of the most feared defensive minded midfielders in England. He became one of the stars from a turbulent 2011/12 season. He has however struggled to break into the stacked side at the Nou Camp, something which is hardly a surprise.
Wenger feels he must give it another year and exercise patience as he feels the 25-year-old should not give up after one season.
The Frenchman said on the Song rumours:
There is no buy-back [clause] in his contract.
I heard that he wants to give it a go for another season, which you can understand because it’s the first season [with Barcelona].
I think he’s a quality player and sometimes the players have to persist when it doesn’t go well and not change their mind too soon. My personal advice for him would be to give it another go and after two seasons he can still make a decision.