With Aaron Ramsey leaving the club on a free transfer this summer, Arsenal is keen to avoid a repeat of the situation with players winding down their contracts to compromise the club’s future.
The Ramsey situation has seemed to become a recent pattern at Arsenal, with his lengthy contract negotiation.
Mesut Ozil after lengthy talks put pen to paper, while Alexis Sanchez refused, with the club selling him to Manchester United in January 2018 to avoid losing him for free in the coming summer.
And in view of these situations, managing director Vinai Venkatesham insists the club have made a change to their policy.
“When we are selling players we need to maximize the funds we get to reinvest in the team,” Venkatesham told the club’s website.
“We need to be really disciplined when we are dealing with senior players who are not towards the end of their careers.
“So that means we have to start making the difficult decisions when they have two years left on the contracts.
“We’re either going to renew those contracts or we’re going to be selling them.
“We’re going to have to be brave in those decisions because we can’t be in a situation where we’re allowing players to walk out of the door for free unless they are coming towards the end of their careers.”
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