Mikel Arteta discusses Man City's summer transfer plans


Dan Burke

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Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta has offered an update on the future of Leroy Sané and also discussed the club’s reported interest in Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodri.

Sané has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer and the German international was somewhat non-committal when asked about his future following his side’s 8-0 victory over Estonia on Tuesday.

“I’m going on holiday now. Everything else will be seen,” Sané told reporters.

“That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.”

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And when asked in an interview with Spanish outlet Marca whether the 23-year-old winger would be staying in Manchester this summer, Arteta could only say: “I hope so. I love him.

“He has some of the most unique qualities in the world.”

City are expected to dip into the transfer market for a central defender and a defensive midfielder and the player who has been hotly tipped to fill the latter role is Atlético’s Rodri, who has a £62m release clause.

When asked whether the Premier League champions are interested in the 22-year-old, Arteta said: “He closely resembles what [Sergio] Busquets is. Few people read the game alone, those who anticipate scenarios, who are mentally stable, who can be a coach in the field, in the case of Xabi Alonso or Xavi Hernandez.

“I do not want to get into names, but our number ‘six’ must understand our game. It is vital. He is the one that makes everyone work, the one that frees those in front, the one who finds superiority, the one who sets the pace.”

Arteta has been part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at the Etihad Stadium since the summer of 2016 and though the 37-year-old Spaniard was reportedly close to being appointed manager of his former club Arsenal last summer, he says he is happy where he is for now.

“I’ve been here for three years and I love this work,” he said.

“Being a head coach is something that will come naturally. For now, I will continue with Pep at City.

“I value a lot where I am and the training I have. I have found the right person, staff and club for this time of my professional life.

“I share, from the ‘cradle’ of Barça, many ideas with Guardiola, and I’m not in a hurry to be the head coach. Many things have to happen. I will take the step forward.”