Fabrizio Romano has told Caught Offside that Bukayo Saka still wants to stay at Arsenal despite the Gunners looking set to miss out on a place in the Champions League next season.
Mikel Arteta’s men are coming to terms with the fact that they look set to be pipped to fourth spot in the Premier League at the last. Of course, it is still possible for them to leap ahead of Spurs. But they require Norwich to do them a massive favour and win on the final day.
Not only would it be a disappointment to miss out at this stage, but the fans may be a little concerned about the implications that it could have on their plans for the summer.
And one of the implications they may be most worried about is what not playing in the Champions League would mean for their hopes of keeping Saka.
Reports have previously claimed Arsenal want to hand Saka a new deal. In fact, they are prepared to more than quadruple his wages.
But Saka is attracting attention. Reports have also suggested that both Liverpool and Manchester City are monitoring the England international.
So the fans may have been concerned if Arsenal cannot offer Champions League football next year. But Romano has alleviated those concerns, suggesting that Saka is still ready to commit to Arsenal.
“Arsenal have a meeting scheduled with Bukayo Saka’s agent at the end of the current season,” he told Caught Offside.
“At the moment there are no changes related to the situation for the UCL spot race: Saka is in love with Arsenal but obviously the negotiations are still at early stages. As of today, Saka is not yet negotiating with other clubs.”
Saka still wants to stay at Arsenal
Saka signing a new contract would ease some of the disappointment of the last week. He is the jewel in the crown amongst such a talented group of young players.
The 20-year-old has been outstanding throughout his time in the first-team. And of course, Saka is their top goalscorer this season.
He is a ‘special‘ player. So it would be massive for Arsenal as they look to bounce back that he is still keen to stay put.