Gabriel Magalhaes signs new long-term contract | News

Gabriel Magalhaes has signed a new long-term contract with us.

Since arriving from Lille in September 2020, Gabi has become an important part of our first team, making 81 appearances in all competitions.

The 24-year-old defender continues to grow in stature with impressive performances and is also a major goal threat. He netted on his debut in September 2020 and scored five goals in the Premier League last season.

A Brazilian youth international, Gabi was called up to the senior team for the first time in November 2021 and was an unused substitute during the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Gabi began his career with Avai in Santa Catarina in Brazil, before moving to France with Lille as a teenager in January 2017. He then had loan spells with Troyes in Ligue 1 and Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia – who won the domestic double while Gabriel was with them 2017/18 – before making his debut for Lille in February 2019.

Read Gabi’s thoughts on his new contract

Technical director Edu said: “It is fantastic that we have agreed a new contract with Gabi. At 24, he is still a young player and is part of our future. His performances since joining us in 2020 have been very strong and his positive impact on our results has been clear to all.

“He has grown so much on and off the pitch, with both his contributions and communication on and off the pitch. We all look forward to seeing Gabi continue to grow as an important part of our club.”

Mikel Arteta added: “Gabi has shown tremendous qualities since joining us. He is a young player with a great work ethic and his consistent strong performances have been hugely important for us over the last two seasons.

“Working with Gabi every day is a pleasure, he has built strong relationships with everyone at the club and we are so pleased that he has committed to us on a long-term contract.”

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Gabi on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution.

The new deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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