Bukayo Saka refuses to commit to Arsenal future as contract talks rumble on

Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka has been impressive for Arsenal in recent weeks (Picture: Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka is yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal and has not confirmed that he wants to stay at the club past the summer of 2021, when his current deal runs out.

The 18-year-old has been impressive since breaking into the first team this season and especially in recent weeks when filling in at left-back due to injuries.

Naturally a winger, the teenager has been asked to cover while Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have been out injured, but retained his place against Newcastle at the weekend and was excellent as Kolasinac watched from the bench.

Saka’s current contract runs out at the end of next season and both Liverpool and Manchester United have been alerted to his situation and are interested in his signature.

Arsenal are working hard to tie the youngster down to a longer deal but Saka will not confirm that he even wants to extend his stay in north London.

‘I just leave all that stuff to my agent and my parents,’ Saka told the Athletic. ‘I just enjoy my football and play my football.

‘Do I want to stay? Like I said it’s for my agent. They’re sorting it out.

‘Of course I’m enjoying my football, enjoying playing under the new coach so we’ll see what happens.’

If he does sign a new deal with the Gunners then it will be a vast improvement on the £3,000-a-week he reportedly earns at the moment on his first professional contract with the club.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is very keen to keep hold of him and is confident the club will do what is necessary to extend his stay at the Emirates.

‘Part of his development is to improve the contract and tie him to the club but I have to follow a natural process,’ said the Spaniard.

‘I’m sure we will do the right thing when players deserve improved contracts.’

Arteta and Saka certainly have a good relationship as he continues to learn his craft in the Premier League under the new boss.

Even playing in a position he doesn’t see as his own, the teenager is enjoying his football under the former Arsenal captain.

‘I don’t see myself as a long-term full-back but for now I’ll do the job the manager asks me to,’ said the England under-19 international.

‘My dream was to be a winger, affect games, score goals and get assists.

‘I’m really enjoying my football under the new manager. He’s giving me all the advice I need.’

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