Arsenal will discuss a contract extension with David Luiz before the season restarts and there’s a very good chance he stays, according to his agent.
Kia Joorabchian, agent to David Luiz, spoke to Sky Sports on Monday and explained that the player plans to hold talks with Arsenal over a contract extension in the coming weeks.
Luiz initially joined on a one-year deal with an option for a second. However, due to the situation with the pandemic, Arsenal didn’t activate that option. Joorabchian claims it’s still very likely the defender sticks around, and talks will take place shortly.
“He’s very happy at Arsenal,” Joorabchian said. “He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner [and] respects everybody.
“Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic.
“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave.”
The issue for Arsenal was obviously that they didn’t know what was going to happen. Activating the option in his contract could have backfired if the season didn’t return and they made a major financial loss.
By the time the Premier League finally confirmed a return date this week, it was too late. As long as Luiz wants to stay and Arsenal want to keep him, however, they should be able to agree an extension.
Clearly, Joorabchian thinks the chances are good for a new deal right now.