Fabrizio Romano understands Bukayo Saka and Arsenal are both feeling happy ahead of planned contract talks at the end of the season.
Speaking on The Here We Go Podcast, Fabrizio Romano gave his understanding of Bukayo Saka’s contract situation at Arsenal.
“The player loves Arsenal, and at the moment, he’s not planning for something different,” Romano said.
“Contract talks won’t take place now. It’s not in February, it’s not in March, they will discuss maybe end of the season
“But Arsenal are, of course, happy with him, and he is happy with them. So I don’t see any problem.”
In a press conference earlier this month, Mikel Arteta confirmed that Arsenal will hold talks with Saka’s camp over a new contract.
“It is a conversation we are going to have with the player, then his agent, his family — [talks] which are going to be extremely important as well — so everybody is on board,” Arteta said.
“Obviously, our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible, because we are really happy. He is part of our club, our DNA, he is growing, he is maturing.
“His importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent, that’s for sure.”
The Athletic previously reported that a new contract for Bukayo Saka is a priority, following Football.London’s claims that Arsenal will look to reward Saka’s progress by offering him an extension at the end of the season.
The winger currently has a deal lasting to 2024, but his new contract would reflect his role as one of the team’s key players.
But the Daily Mail add that concerns are growing about Arsenal’s ability to tie Saka down without Champions League football.
Arsenal are ready and willing to offer Saka a big pay-rise, but that won’t be the only factor in the player’s decision.
The Mail claim it will be “significantly harder” to extend Saka’s deal if Arsenal don’t finish in the top four.