Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that he wants to see Nacho Monreal sign a new contract at the Emirates.
As quoted by the Mirror, Emery addressed the media ahead of his side’s clash against Newcastle United this weekend and was quizzed on the future of Monreal.
Emery discussed how the experienced defender has progressively improved since his time in Spain, highlighting just why he remains an integral part of his plans at Arsenal.
First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and in Malaga. After six years here, I came and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal.
After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level. The rest of that, for me, is very important.
Monreal has recently been heavily linked with a move away from North London, with a move back to his homeland of Spain touted. Real Sociedad were keen on a summer deal for the left-back and, in recent times, Barcelona have been linked.
It’s believed that the Catalan giants have identified Monreal, along with Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, as an option to potentially act as a deputy for starting left-back Jordi Alba.
Nevertheless, Emery has no desire to move Monreal on and is clearly keen to see the Spaniard put pen to paper on a contract extension with Arsenal.
I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team.