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The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, and Leicester are believed to have bid for him this summer

ARSENAL defender Calum Chambers had signed a two-year contract extension.

The 22-year-old, who joined from Southampton in the summer of 2014 and spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, has committed himself to the Gunners until 2021.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Everyone at Arsenal is looking forward to Calum’s continued contribution to the club.”

And Chambers wrote of his delight at signing a new deal on Twitter.

He said: “Proud to sign a new contract with Arsenal.

“I know I’m still a young player and I want to have my best years playing for this football club.

“I want to win as many trophies with Arsenal as possible.

“I’m going to repay the fans for the faith they have shown in me.

“Can’t wait to get going again.”

Chambers has made 60 appearances for the Gunners so far, and won his first senior England cap while still a teenager back in 2014 in a friendly against Norway.

The centre-back looked a cert for the Emirates exit after tumbling down the first-team pecking order under Arsene Wenger, with Leicester moving in with a £20m that was rejected.

The BBC reported that Chambers was told at the end of last season that he was surplus to requirements and free to leave.

But the England youngster’s career has taken a positive U-turn and his future remains with the Gunners.

Chambers impressed on loan at Middlesbrough last season where the problem for the goal-shy relegated side was at the other end of the pitch.

Crystal Palace were reported to have made a £16m bid for the England under-21 international but that too was rebuffed.

Chambers was signed from Southampton for £16m in 2014 and made 36 appearances in his first season at the Emirates.

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