Arsenal are set to trigger an option to extend loan centre-back Daniel Ballard’s contract by two years, according to a report.
Football.London report that Arsenal are set to take up an option in Daniel Ballard’s contract to extend it, as he spends the season out on loan with Millwall.
There’s not much clarity over when Ballard’s current contract expires, with most sources in 2019 simply stating he’d signed an extension. The Belfast Telegraph recently claimed he had a deal to 2023, but Football.London write that it was only to 2022.
Regardless, it seems Ballard is set to extend his contract to 2024, which would leave him with two years left when he returns from his loan spell.
Arsenal then have to take a decision on what’s next for the centre-back, with no guarantee that the extension means he’ll stick around. The club may well sell, they just want to get a fair price if they do.
Ballard has been a hit again at Millwall this season. Stepping up to the Championship for the first time, the 22-year-old has made 16 appearances already, helping his team to concede less than one goal per game on average.
The centre-back also continues to play a regular role with Northern Ireland, starting their last five World Cup qualifiers. If not a future Arsenal starter, he certainly looks like a valuable asset right now.