Arsenal rejected controversial Bukayo Saka demand during contract talks

Bukayo Saka signed a shorter contract with Arsenal than had been planned after the Gunners refused to include a release clause in his deal.

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The England international put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal earlier this week to end speculation over his short-term future.

Saka’s deal triples his basic wage to around £210,000-a-week, and he could earn up to £300,000-a-week if performance-based add-ons are achieved.

However, while it’s evidently good news for Arsenal that their prized asset has committed his future to the club, negotiations were not plain sailing.

That’s because Saka’s representatives pushed for a release clause to be inserted into any new deal.

Release clauses are more commonplace in mainland Europe, but they’ve started to creep into English football.

However, Arsenal strongly rejected the demand to include one as they felt it would weaken their position in years to come, according to the Daily Mail.

But Saka’s team responded by agreeing to a shorter length deal than Arsenal were hoping for.

Saka’s four-year deal takes him until 2027, when Arsenal were hoping he’d commit to a six-year deal.

It means Arsenal will reevaluate Saka’s position in two years’ time, when he’ll either be given fresh terms or considered for sale.

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