Nacho Monreal has established himself as the first choice left back over the last 12 months, leapfrogging Kieran Gibbs.
The Spanish international, who signed from Malaga in January 2013, has been impressive, but talk of a new deal was shot down by Arsene Wenger today.
Asked by Sky’s reporter if rumours of a new deal were true, Wenger said, “No.”
Pressed further about if one was forthcoming, he replied, “I’m happy with his performances but at the moment we are not in negotiations for a new contract.”
While Transfermarkt says that the 29 year old has a contract until June 2017, they’re certainly not infallible, and we have our suspicions that the deal could actually run out in 2016 – hence the amount of chatter about his future.
Earlier in the summer Monreal was linked strongly with a move to Athletic Bilbao, and the Basque club have gone on record as saying he’s a player that interests them.
Then again, if he does have a contract until 2017, you can understand why the club are reluctant to offer new terms at this point – preferring to wait until next summer when his performances and consistency might be the driving force behind a fresh offer.
We’ll see what we can find out.