Shkodran Mustafi: New Arsenal contract would 'mean a lot'... but no talks yet

Simon Collings
·2-min read
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Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Shkodran Mustafi says it would “mean a lot” if he stayed at Arsenal, but he has had no talks with the club about signing a new deal.

The German has rebuilt his career under Mikel Arteta after struggling to nail down a regular place under old boss Unai Emery.

Mustafi, however, is now into the final year of his contract at Arsenal and he is yet to agree fresh terms.

The 28-year-old centre-back, who is back fit again and expected to start against Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday, has explained there have been no talks over a new deal – but he is open to staying.

“When I made a decision to sign for Arsenal it is because I respect this club. It is a huge club, that's why for me if I could stay at Arsenal, of course it would mean a lot to me,” said Mustafi.

“At the end of the day, it was important for me in the last three months to come back after the injury and to be ready to play and to help my team.

“When you hopefully get a few games, you can maybe look at the future but at the moment for me it has been difficult because in the last months, I haven’t really been thinking about the end of my contract or what’s going on with the future because all I wanted was to be back as quick as possible.

(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“I think I missed a few important games in the last months and I just wanted to be back as quick as possible, try and play a few games and then when the time comes, think about what’s next and hopefully we are going to have some news for you.

“At the moment I was just happy to come back from injury, it was three long months - I was happy just to come back and be able to play again.

“We haven't been talking about anything so there isn't anything I can tell you guys.

“Now for me it is important to just get a few games and get into the match rhythm and then see how it goes.”

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