This is what Joe Willock has reportedly told his Newcastle United teammates about his Arsenal future

Newcastle United midfielder Joe Willock, on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, has reportedly told teammates he wants to stay at St James’s Park.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 5:09 pm

The 21-year-old moved to Tyneside on the final day of the January transfer window and did not take long to settle after scoring on his debut in the 3-2 win over Southampton.

Willock had started every game following his arrival – seven in succession – but has dropped out of Steve Bruce’s starting XI for the previous three matches.

However, in both of his subsitute appearances since, Willock has made a vital impact by netting a late equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur before doing the same versus West Ham United, though this time for three points.

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Joe Willock is on loan at Newcastle United from Arsenal until the end of the season. (Photo by OWEN HUMPHREYS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

His key contributions have increased calls for Willock to be snapped up either on a permanent basis or brought back on loan again next season.

And according to Football Insider, the former England under-21s international has expressed an interest in returning for the long-term.

His asking price is rumoured to stand at around £20million, a figure could price United out of a deal. However, there is no confirmation to say that figure is true.

At such a tender age, Willock does have a surprise 49 Premier League appearances to his name, meaning he could hit a decent milestone if he appears in Newcastle’s visit to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

Willock supposedly doubts he’ll get regular game time at the Emirates, believing his future could depend on whether or not the Gunners sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid this summer.

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