A fresh twist has emerged in the future of Chuks Aneke, regarding his current contract situation at Charlton.
Charlton boss Nigel Adkins has revealed that Chuks Aneke wants to sign a contract extension to remain at The Valley next season. Aneke is out of contract at the end of the month and Charlton are currently locked in discussions with the forward over a new deal.
TEAMtalk reported earlier this month that Aneke was gunning for a move to a Championship club on a free transfer, with Middlesbrough, QPR and Reading among those said to be interested in signing him.
“We released three [players] and the others I wanted to stay at the football club.
“They have all said to me they want to stay, which is a big thing.”
“They and their agents are in negotiation with Steve Gallen, who is representing our football club in those negotiations and our budget.”
After a win over Wigan in March, former Charlton boss Lee Bowyer hailed the forward. He told London News Online:
“He was immense up there again today. He’s unplayable, on his day he’s unplayable. The only disappointing thing, if I’m him, is that he didn’t score more.
“To have that hunger and that aggression in the box, that hunger to score every time you get a chance. He could have had four today if he really wanted it but he got one and it’s won us the game. I’m really pleased for him, I thought he’s done really well.”
Charlton fans will be relieved by this news as it was previously looking likely that Aneke would be departing the club this summer.
The aforementioned report made it sound as though Aneke was certain to leave Charlton and was pushing for a move to the second tier but Adkins’ comments appear to provide a twist to the tale with the forward keen to remain at the League One outfit.
Therefore, fans should be buzzing by this news and may be able to stop worrying about him leaving on a free transfer next month.
Aneke is a crucial player for Charlton after playing a key role in their 2020/21 League One campaign, albeit as the club just missed out on a play-off place. The former Arsenal man was Charlton’s top goalscorer with 15 League One strikes to his name, showing that he was their main source for goals, highlighting that his exit would be a massive blow.
The £5.4k-per-week star provided more than just his goalscoring. He averaged 3.4 aerial battles won per game, despite coming off the bench 27 times, which shows that he was a useful outlet for Charlton if they wanted to hit the ball long to alleviate pressure.
Aneke could hold the ball up and allow his teammates to come up the pitch and push higher up on the opposition to prevent themselves from getting boxed in. Therefore, Aneke staying at Charlton could be a gigantic boost for the club and fans will be delighted by this update from Adkins.