Shkodran Mustafi’s father has told Transfermarkt that the defender is not currently discussing terminating his contract, but confirmed that he will leave in the summer at the latest.
Mustafi’s future has been in doubt for some time. Football London reported in October that the Germany international had rejected a new contract and had informed the Gunners that he plans to leave this summer.
His lack of game-time this term further hinted that his days at the Emirates are numbered. And it appeared an exit could come even sooner than previously expected.
Arsenal have agreed to terminate the contracts of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis this month. And Football London reported this week that they had begun talks with Mustafi about a similar arrangement.
But, while Mustafi’s father and advisor insisted that he is indeed heading for the exit, he played down the idea of a free transfer being imminent.
“I also read the rumours yesterday that Shkodran should terminate his contract. To clarify: There are currently no discussions about a contract termination,” Kujtim Mustafi told Transfermarkt.
“The fact is: Shkodran will leave the club in summer at the latest,” he added.
It would be a boost for Arsenal and Mustafi if they could agree to cancel his contract now. According to Spotrac, Mustafi earns £90,000-a-week at the Emirates. So it would hand Mikel Arteta’s transfer kitty a potential lift if he did leave.
Meanwhile, Mustafi could get a head start on the next chapter in his career. Right now, it looks extremely unlikely that he will be around North London for much longer, so cancelling his contract surely makes sense for all parties.