Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said that reports linking him with succeeding Xavi as Barcelona manager are “totally untrue”.
It would be recalled that Xavi announced on Saturday that he would be stepping down from the role at the end of the season and a Spanish newspaper outlet said Arteta, who is a product of Barcelona’s youth academy, was also thinking of leaving his post with the Gunners.
Arteta on Monday, strongly refuted the claims and tagged it as fake news before stating that he is in the right place with the right people and feels really good about it.
“Who, me? No. That is totally fake news,” said Arteta, whose Arsenal contract runs until the summer of 2025.
“What you read, I’m really upset about it. I couldn’t believe it. It has no sources.
“I’m in the right place with the right people and feel really good about it.
“I’m embracing a beautiful journey with this club and there’s still a lot to do. I have a strong relationship with the board.
“Things come in a natural way. When the time is right we will have those [contract] discussions and find the best way to deal with it.”