Krystian Bielik says he isn’t thinking about any offers or contract extensions at the moment, and he doesn’t know what will happen to him next season.
As Bielik prepared for the League One play-off final on Sunday, he spoke to the media about his future. After strong performances in both legs of Charlton’s play-off semi-final against Doncaster, including a crucial goal at The Valley, the Addicks will be relying on the Arsenal man to help them gain promotion to the Championship next season.
After that, it’s not exactly clear what Bielik will do next, and it seems he doesn’t have any idea himself.
“I really like the [Charlton] training ground, the players and staff – everything is great here,” Bielik said. “But I can’t really tell you what is going to happen next season. I don’t know. There is the Euros (u21 European Championship 2019) in front of me. I’m just trying to focus on football now – the final and the Euros.
“I don’t really talk about other stuff with my agent. It is about football and he will decide when it is a good time to tell me about everything. But right now I don’t think about any offers or new contracts.”
Bielik is one of a few Arsenal loanees to have a good individual season, along with the likes of Calum Chambers, Emi Martinez and Reiss Nelson. Like those three, Bielik’s future is a bit up in the air as a result. Generally, players don’t want to go from being an important member of a squad to sitting on the bench again.
There have been suggestions that a Premier League loan might be best, to the likes of newly-promoted Norwich City. That wouldn’t be the worst idea, as it would give Arsenal a low-risk way to test Bielik’s suitability to the top division.
On the other hand, it would require convincing the 21-year-old to sign an extension on his current deal to 2020. After three loans in the last two-and-a-half years, an extension and another loan might not be so appealing to the Poland u21 international.