Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit has made no decision over his future, amid reports of a potential move back to Arsenal. The Norway international is out of contract at the end of the current season and is stalling over whether to extend his spell with the Bundesliga club.
The 25-year-old has made 20 league appearances this term; scoring four goals and making one assist, while he was also an ever-present during the club's Champions League campaign that saw them knocked out of a group including Manchester City. Monchengladbach currently occupy fourth place in the Bundesliga table and are on course to return to Europe's premier club competition.
But Bild [according to Goal.com] understands that with the future of Nordtveit uncertain, Arsenal are looking to launch a bid to re-sign the player five years on from when he left North London. Arsene Wenger signed him from Nuremberg in 2009 but the player failed to make a single senior appearance for the club.
Nordtveit could be available on a free should he fail to sign fresh terms and the player admits he is in no rush to pen a new contract. "Let's see, we still have time," he told the Rheinische Post. "We are talking about my career, it's not just football. That has to fit with the family and therefore it is not so easy. This is an important decision and I take my time, because I can make the right decision."
The club's sporting director Max Eberl added: "Havard has been with us in Gladbach more than three, four or five years, he is with us under contract. We have had a great time together and we would like to see further. Now he has to finally decide."
Arsenal could have space in their midfield for next season, with Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta all out of contract at the end of the campaign. Injury and loss of form has seen the trio make just 20 first team starts between them this season, with a knee problem seeing Rosicky restricted to just one appearance all year.
Wenger is yet to confirm whether Arsenal will offer a new contract to any of the trio, however their lack of appearances this season makes their departure almost certain. The Gunners signed Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel in January and he – along with Francis Coquelin – are expected to be the long-term options at the base of the midfield.