Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has said he is in talks with the club about a new contract, amid reports that Barcelona are interested in signing him.
Monreal has entered the last year of his current deal without agreeing an extension, but said he is not worried about his future.
“At the moment we are talking with the club,” Monreal told the Evening Standard. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal.
“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona were considering a move for either Monreal or Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno to shore up their left-back position, even though Monreal will turn 33 before the end of the season.
Despite his age, Monreal insisted he isn’t coming close to the end of his career..
“That is my idea, that is what I want,” he said. “We will see what happens but at the moment I am 32 and I will turn 33 but I feel good.
“My idea is to play in football until my body says ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’. But I think it is far [away]. I hope so.
“You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 percent. But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”
Monreal is Arsenal’s only senior option at left-back after Sead Kolasinac was ruled out until October with a knee injury.
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