Arsenal will decide the future of David Luiz this week, with the possibility of a short-term or longer extension on the table.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Kia Joorabchian (agent to David Luiz) confirmed that the contract situation with Arsenal will come to a resolution this week. Luiz has a deal until June 30th, and he needs to extend at least until July if he wants to complete the season.
“The contract situation has dragged on not because of the will of David or Arsenal to finalise but really the situation that has occurred with the pandemic,” Joorabchian said. “The situation from Arsenal’s point of view will be resolved this week.”
This echoes comments from Amy Lawrence in The Athletic that they’ll likely make a choice come the weekend. Luiz himself suggested he wished he’d made a decision on his future sooner, after the Manchester City match on Wednesday night.
“I should have taken a different decision in the last two months but I didn’t,” he said (via The Athletic). “All about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days to be here and that’s it. I should have tried to decide my future as early as possible, but I didn’t.”
Whatever the reasons for the delays so far, it’s not helping Luiz’s case. He had one of the all-time-worst substitute appearances on Wednesday. He gifted Manchester City two goals, collecting a red card and leaving after 25 minutes.
Given the sending off was for a professional foul, that usually means a one-game suspension. However, given Luiz already got a red card for a professional foul earlier this season against Chelsea, it increases to a two-game ban.
That means Luiz won’t play another Premier League game for Arsenal unless he extends his deal. He will be eligible to feature against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, though.