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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 May, 2005, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Bergkamp upset by delay on talks
Dennis Bergkamp
Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp has revealed his frustration at the lack of discussions over a new contract.

Bergkamp, 36, is likely to retire if he is not wanted by the Gunners but feels in limbo over the decision.

Bergkamp admitted in the Evening Standard that Wednesday's match against Everton "could be my last at Highbury".

"I am a bit upset, you want to know what the future will bring. I have said to the club, 'I can play another year. Do you want me?', it is up to them."

But Bergkamp feels Arsenal are dragging their feet.

He added: "It seems that every season it has to be like this and it is a bit frustrating.

"Somehow they always want to leave it until the last minute.

"Maybe they want to see what comes their way or what will happen if I change my mind. It is difficult for me."

The Dutchman, who has spent nine seasons at Arsenal, believes he can perform at the highest level for another year.

But he insists it would only be at Arsenal. He told the club's website: "I don't want to go to any other club.

"If it won't be here, it won't be anywhere else - and that is a major decision to take.

"The boss has said we will talk about it in the next few weeks. Until then I don't know what is going to happen."

Bergkamp has ruled out a return to Holland with Ajax, the club where he started his career.

The former Holland international added: "I left Ajax 12 years ago and a lot of things have changed, a lot of people have moved on. There are a lot of new faces there now.

"So to do that at my age, to go back to a lower-level league, would be hard to take if you can still play at the highest level.

"I would like to consider another year here, or otherwise not at all."

Despite being warned by Wenger that he may only have a bit-part role next season, Bergkamp does not feel his fitness will be a factor in contract discussions.

"I feel good, it's the end of a long season and I've played in 34 games so that's quite good for my age at this kind of level," added Bergkamp.

"I'm happy with that and feel I can continue with that. I think the final decision will be based on a lot of other things."

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