Brendan Rodgers wants to lead a big-six club in the future and is specifically interested in Arsenal, but he’s not close to leaving Leicester City at this stage.
David Ornstein writes for The Athletic that his sources are aware of Brendan Rodgers’ desire to lead a big-six club like Arsenal in the future, after his previous spell with Liverpool.
The club’s hierarchy have even made tentative enquiries since Unai Emery’s sacking. Right now, however, the response is that Rodgers is happy and staying with Leicester.
Richard Keys claims after Rodgers lost his job at Liverpool, the manager left Keys in “absolutely no doubt that Arsenal’s was the job he coveted”. He added the Leicester manager would “take the job in [a] heartbeat – and now if he had to”.
Combined with Rodgers’ admission by implication that he does have a release clause in his Leicester contract, it’s really up to how badly Arsenal want him.
If the Gunners are willing to pay the release clause, Leicester can’t stop them. It appears Rodgers would be keen enough, even if he’s not pushing for a move.
Leicester are currently second in the table, the closest side to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. They’re three points clear of Manchester City, six clear of Chelsea and 13 ahead of Arsenal as things stand.
Rodgers’ side have won as many Premier League games in a row (six) as Arsenal have gone without a victory. It’s not the first time Arsenal have been linked with the Northern Irish boss, and the links are unlikely to go away until the fortunes of either team change.