Reports: Wenger in line for new deal

SUPER QUALITY - Chris McGrath

A part of the fallout from the Mesut Özil signing may be something that should have happened anyway.

According to the Sun (I know) and the Mirror (well, better), Arsenal are about to re-enter contract negotiations with manager Arsene Wenger. His current deal expires at the end of this season; the reported new deal would be somewhere in the neighborhood of two additional years at £7.5 million per season.

Back in the dark days before the light of Mesut Özil came to North London, there was quite a bit of consternation about the prospect of a new contract for Wenger. But while that was always pretty silly, in this humble writer's opinion, evidently hurling a suitcase filled with £42.5 million at Florentino Perez was enough to get everyone else off Wenger's back. From ESPN:

According to The Sun and Mirror, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis believe Wenger deserves a new deal following the Ozil move after the Germany international revealed a phone call from Frenchman convinced him to come to the Premier League.

It does seem that Wenger still has the ability and draw to bring in great players, and if he can talk more Özils into coming to Arsenal, well that's worth £7.5 million per season on its own - even if you leave out every other thing he does as a manager.

This is probably for the best, as the only manager in the world I would feel totally comfortable with as a replacement has declared his everlasting fealty to his current club, at least for the next several years. Jurgen Klopp is happy at Borussia Dortmund (and why the hell wouldn't he be?) and his current contract lasts until 2016. After being chased by Real Madrid and Manchester United over the summer, he appears ready to stay for the foreseeable future.

I feel great at Dortmund. My coaching team feels great at Dortmund.

When things are working in good order, you don’t have to permanently look elsewhere just to find out if things are equally nice there. We have great conditions at Dortmund.

Dortmund is a great club, and we perceive it as fortunate that we found each other.

...I would never breach my contract.

And you're certainly not going to get any disagreement from club CEO Aki Watzke.

He is under contract until 2016, and he will abide by his contract. It is the same the other way round. I would never sack Jurgen Klopp. Never. Not at any time.

On the other hand, there hasn't been any talk of extending the deal. That means very little - 2016 is still a ways off, especially for a soccer manager - but it does open the possibility that Klopp could be available at that time. Would he leave Dortmund? Honestly, it's doubtful to me, but I suppose it's possible. But I'm not getting worked up either way - for the moment, I'm more than happy with the manager we have, thanks. And hopefully we'll have him for a while longer...at least until 2016, if he signs this new deal.

Wait, 2016? I feel like I've heard that somewhere before.

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