Arsenal’s 28-year-old defender turns down new contract offer as he plans January exit

Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has reportedly told the team that he wants to depart from the club after turning down a new deal during the summer.

The 28-year-old’s current deal ends next season, meaning that he will be free to discuss a move to foreign teams from January.

football.london claims that Shkordan Mustafi was offered a deal extension during the recent transfer window, however, rejected it down and informed the North London club that he is keen to depart from the club when his current deal runs out.

The German defender is believed to favour a switch to Serie A to be closer to his wife’s Albanian-Swiss family, who live in Switzerland.

Mustafi has played just one game for the Gunners so far this campaign, making a return from a knee injury as a second-half sub in Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Leicester City.

The Germany international centre-back had previously worked his way back into the first team under Spanish manager, Mikel Arteta, starting 15 of 17 matches last campaign before picking up a serious knee injury.

Mustafi joined the Gunners for around £35m back in 2016 and has gone on to play 143 games for the club.