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Wednesday, November 10, 1999 Published at 21:41 GMT


Sport: Football

Kanu signs new Gunners deal

Kanu: Arsenal's top goalscorer

Nigerian star Kanu has signed a new contract with Arsenal, but denies that his salary hike breaks the club's wage structure.

He said: "I am delighted to have a new deal with Arsenal. There has been much speculation regarding my salary breaking the club's wage structure but this is untrue.

"My new contract is consistent with Arsenal's current wage policy...I want to repay their kind support by adding more silverware to the Arsenal trophy cabinet."

Top scorer

There had been rumours that Kanu, who transferred to the Gunners from Inter Milan earlier this year, had expressed discontent with his wages and asked for a salary in line with the reported 40,000 a week he earned with the Italian club.

The 23-year-old was diagnosed with a heart defect at Inter and then suffered a knee injury, leading to extensive medical checks before Arsenal agreed to buy him for 3m in January.

His comparatively low starting salary on a three-year contract at the north London club reflected concerns over his fitness.

But he has since proved his worth, becoming Arsenal's top scorer with 10 goals. Kanu's strikes included a hat-trick in just over quarter-of-an-hour against Chelsea.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said recently: "He [Kanu] is too low in our wage structure and we will be making an adjustment during the next few weeks."

The former African player of the year has confirmed that his long-term plans are in England, having moved out of the hotel where he has lived since his arrival into a new house in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire.



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