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"Saka has privately made clear..." - Journalist reveals what he's heard about the Arsenal star's contract situation

Joe Adams

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"Saka has privately made clear..." - Journalist reveals what he's heard about the Arsenal star's contract situation

Bukayo Saka has told Arsenal that he wants to extend his contract at the club following the Gunners' excellent campaign, according to reports.

The 21-year-old has played a crucial part in his side's ascent to the top of the table.

And with his contract set to run out in summer 2024, Mikel Arteta is understandably keen to tie him down to a new deal.

There has been a degree of uncertainty lingering over his future amid interest from title rivals Manchester City.

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But in a huge boost for Gunners fans, Saka has reportedly expressed his desire to stay at the Emirates.

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Saka 'wants to stay' at Arsenal

The Daily Mail's Sami Moknel claims 'Saka has privately made clear that he wants to stay in north London having been convinced of the club's direction under Arteta.'

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The winger is thought to be eager to play in the Champions League and barring a miracle; Arsenal will qualify for the competition for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

It is understood that the principles of an agreement are in place, with all parties now working on the smaller details within his contract.

The report also states that Saka will earn an eye-watering £200,000-a-week, making him the highest paid player at the club.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour reckons England's Player of the Year would be making the right decision.

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He told talkSPORT (quotes via HITC) in December: "Saka, he would have plenty of time to move on if he wants to move, but at this moment in time, he might think, 'I have come through the ranks, there is a real togetherness here for the next couple of years. I want to be a part of that'."

News of Saka's potential new deal follows on from Gabriel Martinelli's contract extension earlier this month, penning fresh terms keeping him in north London until 2027.

The Gunners are likely to work on central defender William Saliba next, who has enjoyed a fantastic season since returning from loan.

The Frenchman will be out of contract in 2024, with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain said to be sniffing around.

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Topics: Bukayo Saka, Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Premier League, Football

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