'Fake News'- Arteta Dispels Rumours Of Barcelona Move

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has dispeled rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona.

Jan 29, 2024 - 15:20
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'Fake News'- Arteta Dispels Rumours Of Barcelona Move

Reports trickled in from Spain on Sunday that Arteta will replace Xavi Hernandez at the end of the season.

Xavi announced on Saturday that he will step down as manager of the Blaugrana this summer.

"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."

Arteta came through Barcelona's youth system but never played for the first team before enjoying spells at Paris Saint Germain, Rangers, Real Sociedad, Everton and Arsenal.

Arteta has been Arsenal manager since December 2019 and has won one FA Cup during his time in the Emirates Stadium dugout.