Ainsley Maitland-Niles has insisted that he is “not focused” on his Arsenal future as he is concentrating on performing well for Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
The 24-year-old had a spell at West Brom during the 2020/21 campaign. He was linked with a permanent to Wolves over the summer but he ended up staying at Arsenal.
Maitland-Niles only started twice for the Gunners in the Premier League in the first few months of the 2021/22 season.
The midfielder was given permission to go out on loan and he joined Roma earlier this month.
The Englishman made his Roma debut on Sunday as they were beaten 4-3 by Juventus. His current contract is due to expire in 2023.
As quoted by Football Italia, Maitland-Niles has suggested that he is not currently thinking about his Arsenal future:
“Right now, I am just focused on the club and our aim is to get as high as possible in the table as we can. Champions League position. I am not focused on where I am going to be, just on my football right now in this club.”
Roma have also signed Sergio Oliveira on loan this month. Maitland-Niles believes he and Oliveira can assist the Italian side:
“I believe that me and Sergio have the ability and the mindset to help the rest of the team, start winning games. That’s what football is about. The manager wants to see it. If we don’t win we are not happy. We need to try hard and start winning.
Maitland-Niles is also hoping that Tammy Abraham and Chris Smalling can help him settle in Italy:
“I knew Tammy [Abraham] before I came here. Chris [Smalling] not so much, we’ve become closer since I’ve been here,” he added.
“In terms of being on the pitch and speaking Italian, I understand football. If the coach speaks Italian for the rest of the team, I can still understand bits because I understand football. There are bits where the translator helps me, but the major part I understand.
“I have multiple abilities, I can run, I have great energy on the pitch, good technical ability. I understand the game very well. For me is just trying to improve in every game and every week. That’s what I need to work on and build upon my performances.”