Darren Bent admits he is concerned about Bukayo Saka’s contract situation at Arsenal after his bright performances at the Emirates Stadium.
The former Tottenham striker, who is actually a boyhood fan of the Gunners, says he is worried the 18-year-old winger could end up leaving the north London giants after his breakthrough into the senior side.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Premier League rivals Liverpool are plotting a move to sign the teenage attacker as a long-term option after his impact in the capital.
The Athletic report Arsenal have ramped up their efforts to tie the teenage winger to a new long-term deal at the club, his current terms set to expire in the summer of 2021.
Having been hugely impressed by the youngster since breaking into the side, Bent admits he fears the club could lose one of the brightest talents if they cannot get something agreed.
“He’s playing a very good role but obviously his contract situation is a little bit of a concern,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Obviously he’s not signed the new contract yet and obviously the way he’s playing at the minute it looks as though people are going to look to come and get him.
“I think Saka’s doing a fantastic job but for Arsenal youngsters, you can’t afford to let someone who’s come into the first-team, had a very good season as he is at the minute and then let him walk away on a free, for nothing.
“They need to sort this contract situation out but I think Saka needs to bend a little bit and go: ‘I’ve just got into the first-team, I can’t be too greedy.’ You’ve got to show a little bit of loyalty to Arsenal as well.”
Saka has played 28 times for the Gunners’ first-team since breaking through, with 17 of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
All but one of his league outings have come this season, with three goals and seven assists under his belt across all competitions.