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Arsenal to end practice of running down players’ contracts

• Ramsey, Welbeck and Cech free to leave next summer
• ‘A player’s contract should never go to last year’ – Raúl Sanllehí

Raúl Sanllehí, Arsenal’s new director of football, insists he wants to end the practice of running down players’ contracts, which means experienced figures such as Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech are free to leave the club in the summer.

“I do believe that a player’s contract should never go to the last year, as a policy,” he says. “But I don’t think I am inventing the wheel. Anybody could agree on that. Normally the contracts of the players are for five years. You need to have a clear idea of what you want to do with that player when he is in the third year, at the latest.”

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