Arsenal to extend Nacho Monreal's contract amid Bilbao rumours

Nacho Monreal

Arsenal have told Nacho Monreal that they will take up an option to extend his contract, according to reports in Spain.

The 29-year-old established himself as the club’s first choice left-back last season and his solid performances drew the attention of La Liga side Athletic Bilbao over the summer.

Monreal, who has long been linked with Bilbao because of his Basque roots, recently followed the Spanish side on Twitter and sparked fresh rumours that he could be about to leave Emirates Stadium.

Signed from Malaga in 2013, the left-back made 39 appearances for the Gunners last season and after being made aware of interest from other clubs, Arsenal have now activated an option in Monreal’s contract – which expires this summer – to extend his deal by 12 months.

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