Krystian Bielik says he’s not sure where he’ll be playing football next season insisting his focus is fixed firmly on helping Charlton secure promotion and Poland’s campaign at the under-21 European Championships in Italy.
The 21-year-old has made 31 appearances for the Addicks this season and earned plaudits for his versatility after impressing both in midfield and defence.
It remains to be seen whether Unai Emery considers the Pole an option for his Arsenal squad next season but in the meantime, having helped Lee Bowyer’s side to the League One play-off final at Wembley, he’s keen to sign off with a win over Sunderland tomorrow.
“I really like the [Charlton] training ground, the players and staff – everything is great here,” said Bielik, who scored a cracking header in the play-off semi-final second leg against Doncaster. “But I can’t really tell you what is going to happen next season.
“I don’t know. There is the Euros in front of me. I’m just trying to focus on football now – the final and the Euros.
“I don’t really talk about other stuff with my agent. It is about football and he will decide when it is a good time to tell me about everything.
“But right now I don’t think about any offers or new contracts.
“I have 23 people coming to the game [on Sunday] – not all of my family, but 23 people who are really important to me. They will be there not just to support me but the whole team. They fly in from Poland and then we all fly back together to Poland, because then I only have a few days break before I start the training camp for the Euros.
“Hopefully after the Euros has finished I will get a few weeks off.”
Since signing as a 17-year-old from Legia Warsaw, Bielik has made just two League Cup appearances for Arsenal. He’s had a tough time with injuries but this season has again proved that he’s capable of dealing with the rough and tumble of English football’s lower leagues.
It’ll be interesting to see if he gets more of a chance at the Emirates next campaign although we suspect his upcoming international responsibilities may well see him miss the start of pre-season which could, in turn, have a knock-on effect on his chances of making a breakthrough. We’ll see.
In the meantime, good luck at Wembley, Krystian! It’s sure to be a massive occasion for all involved.