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Arsenal have officially announced a new deal on Friday for Reiss Nelson but will be shipped out on loan to Hoffenheim ending months of speculation about whether the 18-year-old would extend his contract, which was due to expire next summer.
The Gunners will receive a €500k loan fee from Bundesliga club Hoffenheim to take Nelson on loan, according to reports in Germany.
Here’s what he had to say.
On signing his new contract
“I’m delighted. It’s been a long time coming now, so I’m just happy everything’s sorted out and I can sign a contract for a great club.
“It’s my boyhood club. From a young age, from about eight years old, I’ve been supporting the club. The likes of Thierry Henry have encouraged me as well, so ever since then I’ve just loved the club and really fallen in love with it.”
Emery has been impressed by the 18-year-old since he succeeded Arsene Wenger but admits the highly-rated winger needs a regular first team football if he is to continue his rapid development. ‘It’s a very big chance for him and the level there is important,’ said Emery.
‘We think he needs, because he is very young, he needs to take a new level to play, a new level also to take minutes, to take experience and it’s for that reason we were speaking at the club with the coaches about this possibility.
‘And also, with him, we decided together: club, coaches and the player.
‘It’s a good chance for him to take minutes in and play, and then come back with us because I think he is signing a new contract with us.’
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 31, 2018