ARSENAL midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.
The 25-year-old, who will represent Egypt at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, has played 65 times for the Gunners since arriving at the Emirates from Basel for £5m in January 2016.
Elneny has made 26 of those appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side this season and scored in the 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov in the Europa League in December.
“Mo is an experienced international and was part of the squad that recently helped Egypt qualify for this summer’s World Cup – their first appearance since 1990,” Arsenal said on their official club website.
“We would like to congratulate Mo on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution in the coming seasons.”
Thibaut Courtois says he will be at Chelsea next year regardless of whether he signs a new contract.
The 25-year-old Belgium goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but he insists there is unfinished business at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Belgium TV channel Sporza, he said: “I’ve got one more year at Chelsea and I’m feeling good there. At the end of the season, we’ll sit together and develop a good vision.
“I’m looking calmly forward to it and I know that I will be at Chelsea next year as well.”
“If I can go to the World Cup with a clear idea – signing a new contract or waiting one more year – I will be relaxed.
“I’m still proud to play at Chelsea and I want to win more trophies there.”
Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 but was sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid and had to wait until 2014 to make his first appearance for the club.
He won the Premier League and League Cup in his debut season and played a major part in their title-winning campaign under Antonio Conte.
Courtois has been suffering with a “muscular problem” in the last couple of weeks but he joined up with the Belgium squad in the hope he would be fit for Tuesday’s friendly international against Saudi Arabia.
However, he has since returned to Chelsea to continue his rehabilitation, although Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes he should be fit for Sunday’s Premier League match with Tottenham live on Sky Sports.
Belgium begin their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18, and face Tunisia and England in the remaining Group G matches.
AGUERO PLANS CITY EXIT
Sergio Aguero has reiterated his desire to return to Independiente when his contract at Manchester City expires.
The 29-year-old joined City in 2011, signing from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
During his six years in Manchester, Aguero has been prolific and has become a legendary figure.
The Argentina international forward started his career at Independiente.
He has just over two years left on his contract at the Etihad and says he wants to head back to his first club when his time is up in Manchester.
Speaking to Fox Sports Argentina, he said: “I always said that I would like to return to Independiente when my contract ends with City, which is in 2020. I am not thinking about that now. I am focused on finishing the season well and reaching the World Cup.”