According to a Polish sport website, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has turned down a new contract offer from Arsenal as the Pole wants to be offered wages which would make him a higher earner than Manchester City’s Joe Hart. The contract was said to be offered to Szczesny before the last round of international matches.
The main report from Sports review claims that Szczesny, who is enjoying a great run of form with Arsenal, was not happy with the terms on offer and wants an increase which would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Manchester United’s David de Gea earns £70k per week, Joe Hart earns £80k per week while Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is on £90k with the top earner at the moment in the league Chelsea’s Petr Cech who is on £100k. Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet is on £65k.
According to the report, Szczesny’s current contract is worth £50k per week and ends in June 2014 meaning that he will be able to sign a pre-contract with a new club in January. [Szczesny signed a new five year deal in 2010 taking him to 2015 according to this report in the Telegraph, thanks to @CescVision for the link however most other outlets reported 'long-term' with no actual time period given.]
It’s hard to know how much truth there is to this story. I’ve no doubt that his representatives are trying to get him as much money as possible, but is he really asking for more than £100k per week just a few months after being dropped from the side due to his poor form? Perhaps.
Time will tell how this will pan out but I’m fairly certain that Arsenal will get him to renew.
Szczesny has been at Arsenal since 2008 and Arsene Wenger recently clarified that he sees Szczesny as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper.
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