Eddie Nketiah Rejects Contract and Intends to Leave Arsenal in Summer

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Eddie Nketiah has rejected a contract extension and informed Arsenal of his wish to leave the football club in the summer, James McNicholas, of The Athletic, reports.

Nketiah’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season. The striker, 22, is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another team in January.

Eddie Nketiah Rejects New Deal and Tells Arsenal He Wants Out

Interest From Abroad

Eddie Nketiah has attracted plenty of interest from abroad. Being available for free only enhances the potential interest in him. The Athletic report that Borussia Monchengladbach are among a number of German clubs monitoring him, with French side Nice weighing up a move, as well as interest from Italy.

It is reported that Nketiah’s decision to leave Arsenal, a club he has been with since 2015, coming through the academy, stems from a lack of first-team opportunities rather than money.

Mikel Arteta has said that he wants to keep Nketiah at the club but the forward is yet to make a Premier League appearance this season and has scored in both Carabao Cup games he has started in – v AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United.

Nketiah had his own brief stint in Leeds during the 2019/20 season, working under Marcelo Bielsa, though only started in two of his 17 Championship appearances.

Arsenal not being involved in European competition hasn’t done Nketiah any favours and it seems his mind has been made up.

Nketiah has scored 15 goals in 67 Arsenal appearances so far. He has a fine goalscoring record within England’s developmental setup, scoring four in two for the U18s, nine in ten for the U19s, six in nine for the U20s and finally an impressive 16 in 17 for the U21s. He has yet to make his senior debut for the Three Lions.

 

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