David Luiz is keen on staying at Arsenal past the expiration of his current contract this month, according to agent Kia Joorabchian (via Sky Sports).
When the Gunners signed the Brazilian defender from Chelsea last year, it was widely reported that the contract he signed was a two-year one, but it has recently emerged that it was not so. It was only for 12 months. Arsenal had the option to extend the deal for another year, but they’ve let that option expire.
However, Luiz wants to stay beyond this summer, feeling that his relationship with coach Mikel Arteta and the club in general is excellent. The 33-year-old and his agent are full of understanding for the fact that the option expired in the middle of the pandemic, in circumstances nobody could have foreseen.
Luiz recently said he could imagine himself returning to Benfica one day before he retires, which prompted plenty of reports about a potential return to Portugal this summer, but Joorabchian dismissed such claims by pointing out that Luiz never said he wanted to go now. The agent expressed a high level of confidence that a new agreement will be found and that the Brazil international will still be an Arsenal player next season.
Meanwhile, Joorabchian also represents Chelsea’s Willian, who has been linked with Arsenal in recent months. Apparently, Arteta is in the process of forging plans for the possibility of either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette leaving the club, and has his eye on adding the winger to his ranks on a free transfer.
Willian’s contract at Stamford Bridge is also set to expire this month, and while talks of an extension have been held, they’ve hit a snag which consists of the duration of a proposed new deal. Willian wants to set himself up for further three years and extend his stay there to a round decade, but Chelsea aren’t willing to give him that much.
Like Luiz, Willian has expressed a desire to remain in London and has consequently been linked with Tottenham Hotspur too, where he would be reunited with his former boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho.
However, Joorabchian says that there has been no contact whatsoever from either of the two north-London clubs.