Jon Toral says he’ll return to Arsenal this summer to have a conversation about what the next step in his career is.
The midfielder has been ruled out of Birmingham City’s final fixture against Cardiff this weekend because of injury, and in all likelihood has played his last game for the blues.
He’s had a very encouraging loan spell at the Championship side though, scoring 8 goals from 38 appearances, and he’s been a popular figure amongst fans for his contributions.
Speaking to the Birmingham official website, he was asked about his plans for next season.
“I’m not sure,” he said. |I’ll go back to Arsenal and then we’ll decide from there. I’ll play pre-season there and see what the future holds for me.”
Asked if he’d be open to another season at St Andrew’s, he said, “I’d have nothing against that after my experience here this season because I have had a wonderful time and enjoyed it.
“But I need to talk to Arsenal and we’ll decide what’s best for me. I think I have progressed a lot this season with more minutes on the pitch.
“That’s what you’re looking for when you go out on loan – to get some experience of football at a high level. This is still only my second full season in a professional division like the Championship.
“It’s been a year of progress for me and that’s thanks to the staff here and to Birmingham City.”
There will certainly be space in the Arsenal midfield next season when Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini all depart, but it remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger has been sufficiently impressed to promote him into the first team squad.
The 21 year old has just one year left on his contract, having signed an extension last summer, so it’s decision time for sure.
But after two good loan spells in which he’s developed well, he’s done his chances no harm.