Arsenal defender David Luiz is keen to stay at the Emirates Stadium despite being out of contract, says his agent Kia Joorabchian.
Luiz signed for Arsenal last summer from Chelsea and it was reported that the Brazilian had put pen to paper a two-year deal. However, Sky Sports now reports the Brazilian signed a one-year deal that is set to expire this summer. He has been linked with a move away from the Gunners and his agent Kia says Luiz wants to stay and there is a 'very high chance' it will happen.
"He's very happy at Arsenal. He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody," he said.
"Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic. We are all very aware of that situation and we are all trying, very slowly, to get back to this 'new normal'.
"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'. 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."
On a possible return to Benfica
"What he said was, 'if the opportunity arose in the future - before I retire - I could go back to Benfica and finish my career where I started it'. But he never mentioned about wanting to go back to Benfica now."
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