Arsenal transfer blow as target Douglas Luiz signs new long-term contract at Aston Villa after failed deadline-day move

Arsenal transfer blow as target Douglas Luiz signs new long-term contract at Aston Villa after failed deadline-day move

DOUGLAS Luiz has signed a new long-term contract with Aston Villa in a blow to Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has finally put pen to paper, with his old deal running out in the summer.

Douglas Luiz was beaming at the press conference announcing the new deal
Douglas Luiz was beaming at the press conference announcing the new dealCredit: Twitter @AVFCOfficial
Douglas Luiz signs long-term deal with Aston Villa
Douglas Luiz signs long-term deal with Aston VillaCredit: Getty

Luiz shared his delight on the new contract, saying: “I love this club, I love the people here, the staff, the players and I’m so comfortable.”

Fans have shared their support for the Brazilian international on Twitter with one calling Luiz “King of the Midlands” while another posted that it’s “the best news this season”.

Arsenal made multiple bids for Luiz, hoping to seal a deal before the summer transfer window ended.

With less than one year on Luiz’s contact it was reported the club came back with a second offer of £23m on deadline day that was turned down.

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They were expected to make a third bid in January of around £15m, with Mikel Arteta becoming increasingly concerned over the injury-prone Thomas Partey.

Luiz says he decided to sign with Villa as he’s loyal to the club after they opened up the door to his Premier League dreams.

Luiz says: “[I signed] because I love this club. The club opened the door when I came to England and played in the Premier League.

“I am so happy. ”

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The Brazilian has made 120 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists, since signing from Manchester City in 2019.

Luiz also won Olympic gold with his country last year in Tokyo.

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