Bernd Leno says his priority is to play games at Arsenal, but his agency are keeping an eye out in case the club decide to move him on this summer.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal makes a save from Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal makes a save from Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

With not much more than a month until the end of the Premier League season, speculation is growing around Arsenal’s squad players with contracts running down.

Bernd Leno’s deal at Arsenal won’t be up this summer, but he’ll have just a year remaining, making him a prime candidate for either a departure or an extension.

Given the 30-year-old has only made eight appearances in all competitions this season, you’d think an exit is the likelier option.

Leno has been linked to former club Bayer Leverkusen among other Bundesliga sides and repeated rumours of interest from Newcastle United. Yet he played down that talk in a recent interview with Goal.

“Of course, there are always approaches,” Leno admitted. “But, it’s about playing here (at Arsenal). That’s my first ambition. If the club plans otherwise, they have to approach me. Of course, my agency and I are keeping an eye on the situation.

“I read that (talk of interest from Bayer Leverkusen) too, but I don’t know anything about it.

“They also said I would definitely want to return to my home country, but that’s not true. As I said, we feel completely at home here, even if things aren’t going so well for me at the moment.”

Bernd Leno in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Bernd Leno in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

As well as dropping out of the starting lineup at Arsenal, Leno has also stopped receiving call-ups for the Germany squad. He missed out in March for the first time since 2019.

With Arsenal set to bring in Matt Turner in the summer, Leno is going to face further competition if he sticks around for next season.

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