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Hull City boss speaks out on 21-year-old’s contract situation amid emerging links to Watford

Hull City boss Shota Arveladze says he hopes that defender Jacob Greaves will sign a new contract.

Greaves, 21, played in all 46 of Hull City’s 46 Championship fixtures last season.

He became an important player for the Tigers as they secured a respectable 19th place finish upon their return to the second tier, and Greaves has since been linked with a move away from the club.

Middlesbrough were linked with the Englishman last month, with a more recent report from The Athletic claiming that Watford have made an enquiry about the central defender.

But The Athletic’s report said that Watford may yet be priced out of a move for Greaves with Hull City looking for a fee between £5million and £7million for the player.

And speaking out on Greaves’ future, Hull boss Arveladze told BBC Radio Humberside (via BBC Sport):

“I hope it’s going to happen soon and he will stay, and he will sign.

“Because for him it’s very important to concentrate on his football. If he concentrates well, then everything becomes much easier, much quicker, and that’s the way it is.”

Reports earlier in the summer revealed that Greaves has a contract offer on the table.

Another blow for the Tigers?

Hull City have already lost Keane Lewis-Potter his summer. He too was in the final year of his contract but his sale to Brentford avoided the risk of Hull losing him for free next summer.

Greaves is in the same situation, and Hull City have another difficult scenario on their hands.

He’s a really important player for the club and if he can put in another solid season next time round then he’ll surely become an even better player.

But he’ll be out of contract next summer and if Hull struggle in the Championship, he’ll surely consider his options.

Arveladze has a lot to think about, especially with the new season just around the corner. But there’s plenty of time for Greaves to sign a new deal.

Hull City start their 2022/23 campaign v Bristol City this weekend.

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