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Douglas Luiz stalls on signing new Aston Villa contract

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Steven Gerrard has admitted Douglas Luiz has stalled on signing a brand new contract at Aston Villa as potential suitors proceed to observe the Brazilian midfielder.

Arsenal have an interest within the 24-year-old and 90min confirmed in the beginning of September that the Gunners had seen a bid rejected by Villa, who burdened their need to maintain maintain of Luiz.

He’s out of contract on the finish of the season, having rejected new phrases from Villa, however Gerrard insisted everybody on the membership needs to maintain maintain of Luiz.

He stated: “No information by way of him extending his keep right here, in order that state of affairs hasn’t modified, however what I might say is that he is very targeted and has skilled properly.

“Am I shocked by the hypothesis? No, as a result of we’ve got obtained a younger Brazilian participant who’s a improbable expertise, so I count on to be requested this query rather a lot because the season progresses.

“We would like him to remain right here, the homeowners had been very robust in holding him right here.

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“We did not clearly need to lose him on the ultimate day and he has carried out very properly since and he has skilled very properly and he is able to go on the weekend.”

Luiz labored with present Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta throughout their time collectively at Manchester Metropolis when the Spaniard was an assistant to Pep Guardiola.

Villa are in motion on Sunday after they journey to Leeds trying to make it two wins on the bounce following their 1-0 success over Southampton.

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