Mikel Arteta has stated he could be “fully concentrated” on handling Arsenal amid conjecture connecting him with Barcelona — but admitted talks are yet to begin over a contract that is new stay at the Emirates.
Barcelona’s presidential elections are due to take place on March 7 and Joan Laporta — one of three candidates — is reportedly interested in replacing boss that is existing Koeman with Arteta should he win the vote.
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Arteta, whom joined up with Barca as a person aged 15 before making to participate Rangers in 2002, told a news meeting: “there’s always likely to be conjecture whenever there are elections in Barcelona, it is a team that is huge
“Obviously I was raised there as a player and there is always going to be links. But I am fully focused to the job we have a lot to do, and I am really enjoying it.
“Today that I have to do here, which and i am the manager of Arsenal Football Club and I am really enjoying it tomorrow. And I want to do much better than what we have done.”
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he can have two years left to operate on their agreement that is existing and asked whether negotiations over an extension had begun, Arteta said: “No. We are in the middle of the season, we have a complete lot to relax and play for as well as the minute it’s not a priority. I believe that is okay. We nevertheless have actually a contract right here. I’m delighted right here and I also do not think it really is one thing urgent.”
Arteta, 38, happens to be under great pressure from time to time in 2010 with Arsenal in tenth invest the Premier League dining table however the Spaniard has constantly retained the help associated with the club hierarchy.
He additionally unveiled the club have actually started plans due to their summer time transfer task but admitted the degree of these company will likely be dictated by the way the period plays away, with a Europa League round-of-16 tie against Olympiakos in the future later on this thirty days and an game that is eight-point the top four to recover.
“We will see, we are planning what’s going to happen in the summer,” Arteta added, who prioritised outgoings in January with Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi among those to leave the club.
“It will depend on where we finish, how we finish. I think what we had to do in is unprecedented for a club of this stature december. To accomplish the total amount of deals it tells you as well where we are.
“I that we have to make think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that. It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it.(*)”Externally acquiring players to go to the level that is next. All things are prepared and let us see just what industry brings and just what the final months that are few bring to your club.”(*)