Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he sees his long-term future at Arsenal and is pleased that the club are reportedly planning to offer him a lucrative contract extension.
The 19-year-old midfielder is only twelve months into a long-term contract signed on his arrival from Southampton last summer, but speculation has mounted that Arsene Wenger will look to tie down the teenager on new terms to ward off interest from possible suitors.
Touching on the rumours during a press conference ahead of England’s two World Cup qualifiers, Chamberlain spoke warmly about his experience at the Emirates so far and hinted at a willingness to put pen-to-paper again.
“Obviously if Arsenal and myself wanted to sit down and talk about anything like that then that’s really good because I’m loving my time at Arsenal.
“I’m really enjoying playing for them so I’m planning on being there for a while so that’s good.
“The only thing I’ll be focusing on when I get back is working hard and getting in the team again.”
It certainly wouldn’t be unprecedented for Arsenal to offer new and improved terms to a young and highly-rated talent. One of the club’s lower earners, it seems only right that Chamberlain be rewarded for his rapid progression from raw talent to fully-fledged first team member.
Whether an increased contract length wards off interest from rivals is another matter. As the Cesc Fabregas situation proved, even players with years to run on their deals still have the power to push through transfers.