Loris Karius signs new contract until 2018 despite reported Arsenal interest

Goalkeeper Loris Karius has shunned interest from Arsenal in order to sign a new contract with Mainz.

Reports from the Daily Mirror earlier this month suggested that Arsenal were in the race to sign Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, but their hopes of signing him have been dashed.

Today, Mainz confirmed on their official site that Karius would be extending his stay at the Coface Arena until 2018, as the goalkeeper chose to sign a new contract rather than seek a move away from the club.

Karius, 21, was on the books at Manchester City as a teenager but has now established himself as one of the top up-and-coming goalkeepers in the Bundesliga.

His displays in the Bundesliga attracted alleged interest from Arsenal as well as Borussia Dortmund, but sporting director Christian Heidel was happy to keep Karius at Mainz.

"We’re delighted that Loris Karius has chosen to continue his development with us. He took his chance when he was first brought into the team a year and a half ago. He has repaid our faith in him and has continued to improve into a quality goalkeeper. He’s only 21-year-old but is a calm and collected customer," said Heidel.

Meanwhile, Karius says that he did have some thinking about a possible move, but believes he's made the right decision to stay.

"I had to think about it but in the end I came to the right decision," Karius told the Mainz official website. "I’ve shown loyalty to the club and the fans. After three years here, I’ve seen what the club has to offer. I’m looking forward to spending the next three years here in Mainz," he added.

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