This summer, Bernd Leno will have two years left on his Arsenal contract. It’s the time when players and clubs have to start thinking about what comes next.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague, the German international said there had yet to be any discussions about an extension, but insisted his only focus right now is what remains of this season.
The Gunners hopes of playing European football next year depend on what happens tomorrow night, and in the rest of the tournament, and that’s what the 29 year old is setting his sights on.
Asked if there had been any talks about a new deal, Leno said, “Not yet and at the moment it’s not the time to speak about the future.
“I know that I still have two years left on my contract and I’m also 29. For a goalkeeper, that’s not too old. I’ve still got some years to go.
“I’m very happy at the club. I don’t know what will come in the future, but I’m open to everything. Maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal. Like I said, I don’t think about my future because two years is a long time.
“At the moment there are no conversations with the club or anything else.”
As for what we face tomorrow night, he continued, “Very tough. They have beaten good teams in the competition.
“We dominated them in our home game but you could also see that they are very dangerous on counter-attacks, on set-pieces. We know what to expect and it will be a very tough game, especially away.
“But we also know that it’s a dangerous result for both teams. Once we score one goal, they are under big pressure. This should be our target: to score the first goal and then with a second goal we can almost finish the game because they’ll have to score three goals.
“There’s only one way, which is to go through. Nothing else.”