Santi Cazorla claims manager Arsene Wenger has given no indication he will be leaving Arsenal this summer when his deal expires.
The veteran French coach recently celebrated 20 years in charge of the Gunners, winning the Premier League title three times as well as six FA Cups.
Wenger, who turns 67 at the end of October, is in the final season of his current Arsenal contract.
Before the international break, Wenger said it is possible he could “one day” manage England if he had no club commitments – an offer the Football Association would reportedly like to pursue in the summer.
Earlier this week, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggested the board and manager remained relaxed about the situation, with both parties ready to work towards a resolution when the time was right.
Cazorla, though, maintains whatever Wenger’s future plans may be, the Arsenal boss has not dropped any hints they would not include extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium.
“The truth is we do not have that feeling in the dressing room,” said Cazorla, in an interview with Spanish broadcaster Cope on its This is Football podcast.
“The boss has not indicated that this will be his last year. Not at all.
“He is fully focused on this season and I do not know what he is planning for the future.
“Today I do not rule him (out of ) continuing another season because he has not said he will leave.
“It is in his hands and he is the one who has to make the decision, but today I would say that he may continue.”
Cazorla, whom Wenger brought to the club from Malaga in August 2012, continued “Arsene is an icon at the club. He has spent 20 years here and every bit of praise to him would not be enough.
“There was a time when fans demanded the club to fight for the Premier League title again or do something big in the Champions League.
“We were aware of that and I hope the club can take a step forward and Arsenal can be fighting for big things this season.”
On his own future, Cazorla added he felt “happy” and “valued” at Arsenal, with reports suggesting the playmaker could be set for a return to Spain with Atletico Madrid.