The reasons behind David Luiz’s contract impasse with Arsenal have been revealed with the centre back demanding a two-year contract instead of the proposed one, reports dailymail.co.uk.
Sportsmail understands that the Gunners have an option to automatically extend his £120,000-a-week stay at the Emirates Stadium by an extra 12 months. The Brazilian will currently be a free agent come July 1.
Despite going on record stating his desire to remain in north London, it appears that Luiz is seeking a longer deal until the summer of 2022.
Luiz and his agent Kia Joorabchian’s proposal is something that the Arsenal board are unwilling to meet.
The Gunners hierarchy are finding it hard to justify paying Luiz, who has made a few high-profile errors this season – including on Wednesday night against Manchester City, his current wage when he would be 35 by the end of the 2021-22 campaign.
Arsenal may try to negotiate the terms by proposing a significantly lower salary if he desires a two-year deal – but it is unclear whether Luiz or Joorabchian would accept those terms.
Speaking about his client’s future on yesterday, Joorabchian said it would be resolved by June 23 the latest. He blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, although he cited ‘structural’ issues at the club as another factor too.
“The contract situation has dragged on not because of the will of David or Arsenal to finalise but really the situation that has occurred with the pandemic,” Joorabchian, who is also the agent of Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, told talkSPORT.
“The situation from Arsenal’s point of view will be resolved this week. We will find out by June 23.
“[It’s] not just David Luiz’s situation,” he continued. “There are several issues within the whole structure that will be resolved.”
The final sentence from Joorabchian indicated that it’s not just his client who is in this boat, and that there are other serious problems at the club.
Arsenal are a lowly ninth in the Premier League table, eight points adrift of the all-important top four places which secure a place in next season’s lucrative Champions League.
Luiz’s latest calamity display against Manchester City didn’t help his cause among supporters, who took to social media to lambast him.
Coming on as a substitute in the first half with the score at 0-0 the Brazilian was at fault for the first goal before he was sent off after the interval for hauling down Riyad Mahrez in the penalty area.
Speaking post-match, the 33-year-old fronted up to his mistakes at the Etihad Stadium.
“It was not the team’s fault, it was my fault,” he said.
The defender then went on to explain that the contract negotiations have been playing on his mind too.
“I take the decision to play, I should take another decision in the last two months that I didn’t. Today the team did well, especially after we went down to 10 men, the coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was just my fault.
“I should have taken a different decision in the last two months, and I didn’t, it was all about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days more to be here and that’s it, today it was my fault,” Luiz continued as he implied his contract talks affected his poor performance.
“I should have taken a different decision to decide my future, to try to decide as early as possible, but I didn’t. I don’t want to use it as an excuse.
“I love to be here, that is why I continue to train hard and I came here today, that is why I try to do everything, that’s why I said to all the players nobody huge me to speak, it’s me, I have to show my face and be here so I want to say, the coach knows, the coach wants me to stay, so it is just we are waiting for the decisions.”