Van Persie won't talk contract until end of season

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LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal captain Robin van Persie will not discuss a new contract until the end of the English Premier League season, when the north London club will know whether it has qualified for the Champions League.

The 28-year-old Van Persie has just one year left on his contract but says he wants to concentrate on salvaging Arsenal's season rather than negotiations with the club.

In his column in Arsenal's match-day program, Van Persie says he needs "all my focus to be on football: on captaining this team, improving every day, doing extra work on the training pitch and preparing for the very busy schedule of fixtures we have."

On the verge of Champions League elimination, Arsenal has only Premier League fixtures to worry about.