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Former Liverpool boss plays down speculation of Arsenal move

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has rubbished rumours he could be set to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal come the end of the season. 

Wenger announced he will leave the club after almost 22-years this summer, and Rodgers is one of a number of candidates linked to fill the Frenchman’s place at The Emirates.

“In modern football now there’s speculation around players and managers,” Rodgers said.

“Of course, when someone of [Wenger’s] standing decides that he’s going to move on then, of course, speculation begins straight away.

“I’ve got three years left on my contract after this year and I’m loving every minute of being at Celtic, from a professional perspective, but also my life up here.

“I’ve got numbers of years left as a manager – I’m 45 but probably look a lot older. I’m enjoying my position here and it’s a huge privilege for me to manage Celtic. It’s a huge club, with pressure. That’s all I concentrate on.”

Rodgers is on the verge of making history at Celtic with his side on the cusp on winning back-to-back trebles, with a Scottish Cup final to come against Motherwell next month, and the League Cup secured last November.

Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond said the club would allow Rodgers to speak to Arsenal if an approach is made, but the former Liverpool boss insists he remains happy where he is.

“There’s nothing really in it,” Rodgers said, “I’m enjoying my position here.”

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