Brendan Rodgers plays down links to imminent Arsenal job

Brendan Rodgers plays down Arsenal links
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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers insists that he is happy managing the Scottish club, despite speculation that he could succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.

Brendan Rodgers has belittled reports identifying him as a potential successor for departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners boss announced on Friday that he would be leaving at the end of the season, after managing the North London club for 22 years.

Rodger's Celtic are 10 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, however, and the former Liverpool coach has insisted that he is happy in Glasgow.

"There is always a lot of speculation around - I have three years left on my contract here, I am very happy," Rodgers told reporters.

"There is always going to be speculation because with Arsene leaving there has to be names put in the hat. I have a number of years left as a manager. I am 45, I probably look a lot older but, 45, and I'm enjoying my position here. It's a huge privilege for me to manage Celtic. It's a huge club with pressure and that's all I concentrate on.

"Arsenal is a fantastic club, very much similar to Celtic in terms of the traditions and values it has as a club, you can't deny that. It's a fantastic club but, for me, my only focus is on Celtic and doing the very best I can for them."

Rafael Benitez, Thomas Tuchel and Patrick Vieira have all been linked with the managerial vacancy.

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Brendan Rodgers watches on during the Champions League game between Manchester City and Celtic on December 6, 2016
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