Rodgers in bid to play down move to Arse­nal

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By TOM COLLOMOSSE

BREN­DAN RODGERS has given the clear­est in­di­ca­tion yet that he will stay at Le­ices­ter amid in­ter­est from Arse­nal in mak­ing him their new man­ager. The for­mer Celtic boss is high on the Gun­ners’ wish­list af­ter lead­ing Le­ices­ter to sec­ond place in the Premier League and there is a £14mil­lion buy­out clause in his con­tract, which runs to 2022. Yet, hav­ing only left Park­head for Le­ices­ter in Fe­bru­ary, Rodgers in­sisted that mak­ing an­other move is not on his agenda. ‘I’m very happy, so I’ve no need to look else­where,’ he said. ‘I think logic would tell you — and I know there is gos­sip and spec­u­la­tion — but why would I want to leave Le­ices­ter City at this time? ‘I re­peat, I’m happy here and have great re­la­tions with all the peo­ple, and I feel I want

to con­tinue with that. I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a pur­pose. ‘I wanted to help this club move for­ward with a group I feel has huge po­ten­tial. Why would I want to move from that? ‘OK, I moved af­ter nearly three years at Celtic and peo­ple may look at me think­ing: “Right, be­cause a club like Arse­nal, with the great in­sti­tu­tion and size, and all of that”. ‘But it’s all about hap­pi­ness and I couldn’t be hap­pier here. ‘My con­tract is un­til 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to re­lease me from that. ‘I love com­ing into work ev­ery day, work­ing with the peo­ple here. I love the area. ‘It’s a won­der­ful place to live, so, when you have that com­bi­na­tion, why would I want to give that up?’ Rodgers was also high on Tot­ten­ham’s list when they sacked Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, with the club sub­se­quently mov­ing for Jose Mourinho. It is no sur­prise that he in­ter­ests Arse­nal, given Le­ices­ter’s form this sea­son. The Foxes play Wat­ford to­mor­row, aim­ing to se­cure a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive league win, af­ter Kelechi Iheana­cho’s stop­page-time win­ner against Ever­ton on Sun­day. Iheana­cho came on as a sub­sti­tute but is likely to be back on the bench against Wat­ford, with Jamie Vardy in such superb scor­ing form. Vardy has net­ted in six con­sec­u­tive matches, his best run of form since he scored in a record 11 straight games in the 2015-16 cam­paign. Rodgers added: ‘He’s very pro­fes­sional. ‘To op­er­ate at elite level, you have to be very fo­cused on ev­ery as­pect of your game. He’s in great form and I hope he can con­tinue.’

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