David Luiz has a ‘very high’ chance of staying at Arsenal next season, reveals agent

Arsenal FC defender David Luiz
Luiz has become an important part of Mikel Arteta’s side (Picture: Getty Images)

David Luiz is ‘very happy’ at Arsenal and looks set to agree a contract extension with the club, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian.

The Brazil international’s future was cast into doubt when reports emerged that the Gunners had opted not to activate a clause to keep him at the Emirates for another year.

The 33-year-old initially signed on a one-year deal from Chelsea in 2019, but, despite establishing himself as a key member of Mikel Arteta’s first team, could now face the prospect of leaving north London after only one season.

But according to the defender’s agent, talks between Luiz and Arsenal will commence before the end of the season and there is a ‘very high’ chance the veteran centre-back will stay.

‘He’s very happy at Arsenal. He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director,’ Joorabchian told Sky Sports.

‘He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody.

‘These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new’ normal [after coronavirus].

‘David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season].

‘There is no desire to leave. But again, we are going to live in a ‘new’ normal, we will have to see what Arsenal’s position will be. But I believe there is a wish from both sides to continue.’

Luiz has made no secret of his desire to eventually return to Benfica, the club that gave him his first chance in European football.

‘I have already spoken with [Luiz Filipe] Vieira. It will happen if the President permits it and fans want me back,’ Luiz told Portuguese outlet Record last week.

‘To be able to wear that jersey again and enter the stadium is worth more than many trophies. Benfica doesn’t deserve me to come back without helping.’

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