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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Arsenal star: “I love him and he loves me”

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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he shares a “very good relationship” with Mikel Arteta amid reports that he could offer the Arsenal captain a coaching role at Tottenham Hotspur.

According to ESPN, Pep Guardiola is interested in appointing Arteta to his Manchester City backroom staff when the Spaniard’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer.

Guardiola and Arteta were briefly on the books together at Barcelona, but Pochettino also knows Arteta well from the season that they they were teammates at Paris Saint-Germain in 2001-02.

While the Tottenham manager refused to comment on the possibility of Arteta joining him at White Hart Lane, the Argentine did reveal how close a friendship he has with the 34-year-old.

“I love him and he loves me,” Pochettino is quoted as saying by ESPN. “You know our history from Paris Saint-Germain, when he was 17 and I was the captain.”

“We have a very good relationship. The thing is rumours and you know I never speak about rumours.”

As ESPN reports, Arteta has been heavily tipped to move into coaching when his Arsenal contract expires, with the last two years of his playing career having been heavily disrupted by injured.

ESPN also understands that Arsene Wenger could offer Arteta a coaching role, potentially giving the midfielder a tough choice of three of the world’s best managers to learn from. Lucky him!

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