Gilberto eyes new deal
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva is hopeful of securing a new deal with Arsenal.Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva is hopeful of securing a new deal with Arsenal.
The 28-year-old has proved his worth to The Gunners in the second half of the season, having suffered a serious back injury at the start of the campaign, and his performances are sure to have made a positive impression on manager Arsene Wenger.
Gilberto has a further season to run on his contract and has yet to discuss fresh terms with The Gunners, but is not looking to follow the lead of his fellow Samba star Edu and leave the club on a Bosman free transfer.
"I haven't spoken to the club about a new contract yet, but hopefully we will have some discussions when I come back off my holidays," said the Brazilian international.
"I only have one year left but I am confident it will be sorted out because I love the club and I want to stay.
"It's obvious when negotiations take a long time, things can become difficult. It is not good for either party, especially the player because it can affect your concentration.
"But I am confident there will be no problems with me. My situation is easy - I want to stay where I am."