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Arteta is open to Luiz contract extension

by Koolkola
David Luiz has bags of experience as an anchorman in midfield

Mikel Arteta has not held contract talks with David Luiz but he might be open to it.

The experienced Brazilian defender has few months left in his 12-month contract and there have been rumors of a contract extension.

The club has recently let go of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis while the future of Saliba, Chambers and Mavropanos still hang in the balance.

David Luiz has been tipped to oversee the defensive rebuild for at least one more season.

When asked about the offer of a new deal on the table for David Luiz, Arteta said:

“No, there are still a few months to go on that. I all the time talk to him about this kind of thing so we’re in a good position.


“He showed his character first of all with the decision he made to join the club when he was with a club where he was winning trophies and he was still comfortable and under contract.


“And he wanted a challenge. And at that age it tells your everything because normally at that age the challenge is not sporting but more a financial decision that you take to go to a different country.


“But David loves this game so much and he wants to keep playing at the highest level in a very competitive league. This is the challenge that he’s enjoying at the moment.”

After a man of the match display against Manchester United. The boss had nice words to say about the defender.

“It’s credit to him because he trains really hard,” Arteta said.


“This season has been really tough in the beginning because he’s been through some injuries but he’s kept at it, he understood his role, he knows his role in the team, he’s one of our leaders and he’s so willing to keep improving.


“He knows the things that he’s really good at and the things where there is still room for improvement. He’s a really honest man with himself. He’s won everything and it’s a joy to work with him.


“He’s a great example for them (the youngsters). He’s got a good mixture with them between some banter and then some stick.


“They all listen to him because of who he is and what he’s done in the game. But also because how he behaves every day, how professional he is and how he goes about the job. He is one of the key role models that we have in our team.”

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