Hertha Berlin football chief Michael Preetz says they hope to keep hold of Matteo Guendouzi.
The France U21 midfielder has been a revelation at Hertha Berlin since arriving on-loan from Arsenal at the beginning of the season. Indeed, Guendouzi made headlines on the weekend with a wonder goal in Hertha's 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.
It was a strike and performance that drew great praise from Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia and Preetz admits they've been quickly won over by Guendouzi on and off the pitch. Indeed, so much so, that Hertha are now actively discussing extending the midfielder's stay beyond the current campaign. For the moment, Guendouzi is on a straight season-long loan without any permanent option.
“The starting position is not the worst," said Preetz to BILD via Fussball Transfers, “his contract with Arsenal will then only run for one year. There are only two options - either the British extend it or they sell him."
Acknowledging that a purchase option is not part of the deal, Preetz insists there's still room for negotiations when the time comes.
He added: “At the moment we are just happy that he is with us. He helps us a lot and is a very exciting player. We won't see anything else until the summer."
- updated December 16