Nacho Monreal confirms Arsenal contract talks

Nacho Monreal has announced that talks have begun with Arsenal over a contract extension

The Spanish full-back arrived at the Emirates in 2013 from Malaga and has since made over 200 appearances in all competitions.

Monreal, whose existing contract will expire at the end of next season, has recently been linked with a surprise move to Barcelona.

The Catalan giants are keen to add another left-back as cover for Jordi Alba.

Real Sociedad have also been linked with a move for the Spaniard.

But Monreal insists that he is “really happy” at Arsenal and has now entered negotiations with the club over a new deal.

He told the Evening Standard: “At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal.

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“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them,”

“We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”

Monreal, who will turn 33 in February, hopes to emulate Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and play on until he’s 40 years old.

“That is my idea, that is what I want! We will see what happens but at the moment I am 32 and I will turn 33 but I feel good,” confirmed Monreal, when asked.

“My idea is to play in football until my body says ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’. But I think it is far [away]. I hope so.

“You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 per cent.

“But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”

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