Arsenal coach reveals the truth about his move to Barcelona


London – Reuters
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said his focus is entirely on improving results, amid speculation about the possibility of his transfer to Barcelona, ​​but the Spanish coach has yet to hold negotiations to extend the contract at Emirates Stadium. And Spanish media reports stated that Juan Laporta, the candidate for the presidency of Barcelona, ​​had expressed his interest in appointing Arteta to replace the current coach Ronald Koeman, if he wins the elections. Arteta was playing at Barcelona’s academy before moving to the Rangers in 2002, without playing for the first team of the Spanish giants. “There will always be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona,” Arteta told a news conference on Wednesday. “This is a big team.” He added, “I definitely grew up there as a player, and there will always be speculation, but my focus is completely on my job that I currently take on, as we have to do a lot, and I really enjoy it.” He continued, “What I can say is that I feel very privileged to train this club, and I am very happy.” Arteta, who won the FA Cup at the end of his first season with Arsenal, is linked to a contract for an additional two years after the end of this season. In response to a question about starting negotiations to extend the contract, Arteta said: “We are in the middle of the season. “We still have a lot to play, and at this time, this matter is not a priority.” Arsenal are ranked tenth in the Premier League and will play 15th-place Burnley next Saturday.


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