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Arsenal under stress to include release clause in new Bukayo Saka contract

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Bukayo Saka will sign a new deal at the club only if they include a release clause in his contract. The Arsenal youngster enjoyed another stellar season at the North London club.

The 20-year old made 42 appearances for the Emirates Stadium outfit in all competitions and scored 12 goals. He claimed assists for further 6 goals too, this season. Saka only has a year left on his current contract. He also has the option to extend it further for 12 more months.

Saka is enjoying his career at the club but the England international also wants to get a taste of Champions League football. Talks will start formally between Saka’s representatives and the club after this season ends. As reported by The Mail, when Saka will held talks for a new deal, he will be ‘reluctant to commit himself without an exit strategy’.

Including a release clause is an extremely rare scenario in English football. But Arsenal may find themselves under pressure if Saka’s agents compel them to make an exception in this case.

Arteta on continuous involvement of Saka for club and country

Talking about Saka’s continuous involvement for the club and for Gareth Southgate’s side too, Mikel Arteta said: “He needs a break, that is for sure. He has played a lot of minutes this season and he played a lot of minutes last season.”

The Gunners boss added: “You expect your important players to do so, to have that ability and show the quality that Bukayo has shown consistently throughout the season. But obviously you have to bear in mind that at some stage he needs to rest. That is something we really need to think about, the plans for him in the summer.”

Arsenal were cruising towards UCL football but consecutive defeats at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium and St. James Park halted so. Now they may find themselves in Europa League if not Tottenham somehow lose to Norwich. But Arsenal also needs to win against Frank Lampard’s Everton and hope their North London rivals lose for UCL next season.

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