Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal is undergoing talks with the club over a new contract, the Evening Standard reports.
Monreal is entering the final year of his existing deal but has confirmed that talks are underway with the Gunners to extend his stay at the Emirates and that he is happy to do so.
Monreal will be free to negotiate directly with overseas teams from January 1 if he does not sign a contract extension before then, with Real Sociedad one of several European clubs heavily linked with his services.
However, Monreal insists he is happy with the club and that talks are progressing well.
At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal. 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.
Asked if he could continue playing until he was 40 years of age, the defender went on to add:
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.
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.
Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer and has introduced harder training sessions since his arrival at the club in order to keep the squad fully fit.
Monreal went on to speak of the new regime under the former Paris Saint Germain boss.
In training, he likes that every single player gives his 100 per cent in any moment. Training is one hour and a half, [maybe] one hour 40, whatever, [and] all the time we must give our best performance. If we have to run, we have to do it, don’t save any energy.
After that, he loves that we enjoy and have a good atmosphere in the group. While we are training, it is ‘come on guys, do everything’ and after you will have time to relax and enjoy with your team-mates. It is good for the team.
That [the pitchside gym] is what they did on the first day. I wasn’t here but I saw it. At the moment, we haven’t used it too much so that’s a good point for us!
But both managers like to have the ball, have long possessions and protect the ball during the games. Probably with Unai Emery, we work more tactically. He is a Spanish coach and in Spain we work a lot on tactics, set-pieces – I think we are improving in this aspect.
This is our idea for this year – have more possession, don’t lose stupid balls in the middle of the pitch and be more compact than how we were before.