Arsenal have confirmed that Folarin Balogun has signed a contract extension with the club.
The 19-year-old has impressed this season in restricted first workforce appearances averaging a aim each 63 minutes in the Europa League this season.
However, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli all seemingly blocking the centre ahead’s pathway to the first workforce it appeared as if he was going to go away on a free at the finish of this season when his earlier deal expired after attracting curiosity from a number of totally different golf equipment throughout the UK and Europe.
But now Balogun has dedicated his future to the club he has been at since the age of eight by placing pen to paper on an settlement that can final till 2025.
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“It’s nice that Flo will proceed to be with us,” mentioned Arsenal’s technical director Edu.
“He is a really promising younger expertise and has already proven a lot high quality in his performances. We are all wanting ahead to working with him throughout his continued growth in the coming years.”
“We have been extraordinarily impressed with Flo this season,” added Mikel Arteta.
“He has frequently proven his pure means in lots of coaching classes with us and we’ve got been equally impressed with his early integration into the first-team squad on match days.”
“He has given us glimpses with the performances and naturally with his two targets already for the first workforce.
“The onerous work begins right here for Flo and we’re all wanting ahead to supporting and dealing with him in the years to come back.”
While, as with all contract negotiations, cash performed a consider the 19-year-old’s resolution to remain, soccer.london understands that sport time was all the time his greatest concern.
It is right here that Mikel Arteta and Edu reportedly performed a key function in convincing Balogun that Arsenal was the greatest place for him proceed his growth.
“Just attempting to, to begin with perceive, why he obtained to the level that he was actually excited about leaving the soccer club after being increase right here and the emotions that he has constructed in direction of the club,” mentioned Arteta when requested to clarify how the club had satisfied the Hale Ender to vary his thoughts.
“Once you perceive the place of him attempt to clarify what you need to do, how concerned he’s going to be in the venture and the way.
“And then get the full dedication from the club and assist and Edu, who I feel has executed an unbelievable job as properly.”
Despite nonetheless being but to make his Premier League debut Balgoun is very rated inside the club and is anticipated to be a part of the first workforce arrange going ahead.
He made his first look for the Gunners since December in the 4-0 victory over Slavia Prague final Thursday and soccer.london understands that regardless of not making the squad for the draw with Fulham on Sunday, the 19-year-old was in attendance for the sport at the Emirates.
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It is unclear as of but what this implies for the way forward for Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah who will each have one yr remaining on their Arsenal offers at the finish of this season.
Arteta has mentioned that contract negotiations with Lacazette will start in the summer season, whereas there have been no developments on a brand new deal for Nketiah at time of writing.