Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will move to secure Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil on extended contracts with bumper pay rises following the boost of Hector Bellerin signing a new deal.
The Spain fullback, 21, has put pen to paper on a tie-up that will keep him at the club until 2023 — in theory anyway.
That doesn’t mean Spanish giants such as Barcelona or Real Madrid, or moneybags Manchester City can’t break the bank to land the lightning-quick defender’s services, of course.
But for the time being Bellerin has pledged his future to the north London club he joined aged 16.
Bellerin, whose new deal is worth over £100,000 a week, will sit out the Gunners’ Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain at the Emirates on Wednesday through an ankle injury.
Bellerin said in a video on Arsenal’s Twitter: “Hello everyone, sorry to keep you guys waiting, I had a very big meeting next door. I just wanted to say that I just signed my new deal with the club, so I’m really, really, really happy.”
Now Arsenal chief Wenger will get to work on Ozil and Sanchez to try to get them to agree extended deals.