Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted that skipper Martin Odegaard could be close to penning a new prolonged-time period deal at the Emirates.
It was claimed past week how the Gunners and the 24-calendar year-previous were being in negotiations to lengthen his remain in north London beyond 2025.
Odegaard has dazzled enthusiasts because his temporary bank loan spell from Actual Madrid was turned into a long-lasting stay in 2021 for £34million.
And last yr next the launch of Alexandre Lacazette, Arteta named the Norway worldwide as the club’s captain to turn into Arsenal’s youngest skipper considering that Cesc Fabregas in November 2008.
With two targets in his opening 4 Premier League video games, Odegaard has getting his variety from final time into the new campaign.
His rumoured contract talks were place to Arteta in his push meeting on Friday ahead of Arsenal’s away clash at Everton on Sunday.
And Arteta admitted he is ‘optimistic’ that the attacking midfielder will come to be the most up-to-date substantial-profile participant to dedicate their very long-phrase upcoming to the club.
He stated of Odegaard: “He’s our captain, he’s a large player for us.
“Really vital participant for now and the long term. We are particularly content to have him and we want to preserve him in this article for a very long time.”
Pressed on whether or not he is self-assured Odegaard will pen fresh new conditions, Arteta remarked: “I’m usually optimistic.
“We’re definitely near with him and his agent. When which is confirmed we will announce it.”
Odegaard has built no secret of his desire to keep on being at Arsenal, as he recently stated he wishes to shell out lots of far more a long time at the club.
He told Norwegian outlet Nettavisen earlier this week: “I don’t have a great deal to say, apart from the fact that I am extremely content at Arsenal and I hope I can be there for a lengthy time.
“Outside of that, I have no remark proper now. Now, it is the countrywide workforce that is in concentration.”
If he does sign a new offer, he will abide by Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Reiss Nelson into extending their remain.
The trio all committed their upcoming earlier in the summertime, meanwhile Brazilian pair Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes as effectively as England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale signed on last expression.
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