Former France defender, William Gallas, has advised Arsenal to sign Gabriel Martinelli up to a new contract, as the player continues to be linked with Real Madrid.
Martinelli has already provided six goal contributions in just 10 Premier League appearances this season.
His performances have reportedly caught the eye of Real Madrid, but Gallas thinks such a move would come too early for the 21-year-old. The former Arsenal defender hopes his old club can tie Martinelli to fresh terms as quickly as possible to silence the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.
“I don’t think he’s good enough for Real Madrid yet.
“In football after two or three games, everyone is raving about that player, ‘he’s magnificent’ or ‘he’s a top-class player’ but no, calm down, let him have a great season to get to another level.
“He’s still young, he’s only 21. But if he goes step-by-step, he can go to a club like Real Madrid but right now he’s not ready,” Gallas has told Genting Casino.
“I think Arsenal have to get that deal with Martinelli signed as quickly as possible. I’m sure he’s hearing so many things about him, like Real Madrid being interested. Sometimes the player can be confused. At the moment I think he’s playing well and Arsenal have to close that deal as soon as possible so he feels better in his mind.”