David Luiz’s agent has hinted that his client, despite recent speculation in the media, could still be at Arsenal next season.
Luiz joins Arsenal
One of the many areas Arsenal needed to reinforce last summer was their backline.
This led to the Gunners securing the services of two centre-backs – Willian Saliba, who returned to Saint-Etienne on loan for the remainder of the season, and David Luiz, who joined the north Londoners from rivals Chelsea.
Luiz has endured something of a mixed debut season at the Emirates, though, to his credit, the Brazilian has looked much improved since Mikel Arteta took the reins back in late December.
Luiz’s Arsenal future
However, despite having been on Arsenal’s books for less than a year, recent speculation has suggested that the Brazilian’s stint in north London is already nearing its conclusion.
Sky Sports reported at the end of May that the stopper’s deal is set to expire in June, and no negations over a new deal have been planned.
This was followed by Luiz once again reiterating his desire to finish his playing career at former club Benfica, with the ex-Chelsea star having even claimed that he has spoken to the Portuguese outfit’s president regarding a return.
Yet despite all signs seemingly pointing towards Luiz departing Arsenal this summer, recent comments from the player’s agent, as mentioned above, suggest that he could well remain in the English capital for a little while longer.
Kia Joorabchian first stated that his client is very happy at Arsenal, before providing an insight into the option that the Gunners had to extend Luiz’s contract, which has now expired:
“He’s very happy at Arsenal. He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody.
“Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic. We are all very aware of that situation and we are all trying, very slowly, to get back to this ‘new normal’.
“These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new normal’.”
Joorabchian then went on to confirm that Luiz will sit down with Arsenal in advance of the campaign’s resumption, before stating that there is a ‘very high’ chance that the Brazilian will still be plying his trade at the Emirates in 2020/21:
“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave.”
Quotes via Sky Sports News.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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