Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed that he is open to any path that may present itself to him regarding his future.
Having gone through the youth ranks at Stuttgart and won the Under-17 Bundesliga with them, the 29-year-old never made a competitive appearance for their first team. Instead, he was loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 for a year, at the end of which Leverkusen pursued and completed a permanent deal for his services. Overall, he stood between the posts on 304 occasions for the Bundesliga side, and his notable performances there earned him a move to Arsenal in 2018, led by Unai Emery at the time, for a reported fee of just over £22 million.
Since then, he has worn the Arsenal shirt 104 times in all competitions, keeping 30 clean sheets and seeing off competition in the form of the excellent Emiliano Martinez who eventually left the club last summer to join Aston Villa.
Leno believes 29 is a good age for a goalkeeper; he doesn’t consider himself too old and at the moment, he is obviously reluctant to make any promises regarding his future. His contract at the Emirates still has two years to run, and with that in mind, we may see some development on that front over the course of next season. It’s unlikely the club will allow him to enter the final year of the contract, which means they’ll probably offer him a new deal or secure a replacement and allow him to leave next summer, for a suitable fee.
As for himself, Leno says he is happy in North London and could yet sign a new contract.
“I know that I have still two years of contract left, and I’m also 29, I think for a goalkeeper this is not too old,” he told the press ahead of the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals against Slavia Prague.
“I’m very happy at the club, I don’t know what will come in the future. I am open to everything, maybe a new adventure, or to stay at Arsenal.”