Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explicitly asked the club to extend the contract of David Luiz, according to Sky Sports.
The defender arrived to the Emirates from Chelsea last summer for a reported fee of around £8 million, and has so far played a total of 32 games in all competitions in an Arsenal shirt, scoring twice and assisting once. His performances on the pitch haven’t always been exactly glittering, with a mistake of his proving costly now and again. However, those moments have been rare and he has certainly raised his game since Arteta took the reins from Unai Emery in the final weeks of last year.
The boss says he’s happy with what he’s been seeing from the 33-year-old Brazilian, and believes him to be a ‘key role model’ with his vast experience.
Luiz recently said he could perhaps imagine himself returning to Benfica at some point in the future and retiring there. He played for the Portuguese side between the winters of 2007 and 2011. These words were, naturally, turned into links with departure from Arsenal rather quickly, but it seems there’s no real reason for Arteta to worry just yet. Everything seems to be pointing at an agreement between the Gunners and the player’s representatives being reached soon and without too much difficulty. Agent Kia Joorabchian himself said there was a ‘high chance’ for that to happen.
It was initially believed that the contract Luiz signed upon arrival was set to last for two years, only for it to emerge recently that it was actually a one-season deal with the club having an option to extend it for another year. That option has now expired, but if the club, the coach and the player are all happy for him to continue where he is, it should really be quite straightforward.