ARSENAL have reportedly renewed the contract of highly-rated youngster Marcelo Flores.
Flores is currently on loan at Real Oviedo in the second division of Spain and has left a lot of promise for the future.
The attacking midfielder’s contract expired in June and drew a lot of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
However, according to the Evening Standard, the Gunners have extended the 19-year-old’s contract for a further two years.
In fact, the north Londoners triggered a clause in Flores’ previous deal that would allow them to keep him until 2025.
Arsenal did the same with another rising star in Charlie Patino’s contract earlier this season.
Manager Mikel Arteta sees potential in Flores, who is already a three-cap Mexico international.
And that’s despite the fact that the Mexican has never played at senior level for Arsenal.
The talented teenager has trained with the first-team in the past and was benched for a game against Crystal Palace last April.
Arteta and sporting director Edu are already planning for the future as part of their first Premier League title challenge since 2004.
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Arsenal are heavily focused on recruitment after two successful transfer windows that saw the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jorginho and Leandro Trossard join the team.
Flores is one of many young players Arteta could invest in next season.
Another youngster who has made his mark for the senior team is Folarin Balogun, 21, who shines brightly on loan at Reims as he has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than Lionel Messi and Neymar.
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