Brendan Rodgers responds to Arsenal Job rumors

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has responded to reports he is considering a move to Arsenal as a replacement for Arsene Wenger.

Long-serving Gunners boss Wenger is widely expected to vacate his managerial seat at the Emirates Stadium this summer, with his team set for a second successive season without Champions League football.

Former Liverpool manager Rodgers has been rumored a possible replacement. He has moved to quench such speculation by claiming he is living the dream at Celtic Park.

But he also noted that dreams do expire, opening the door to the possibility of a move elsewhere.

The Ulsterman suggested that his recorded of getting clubs he manages into the Champions League might be the reason he is being linked with the North London job.

He told a press conference: “Arsenal is a great club with a great manager.

“People will look at it and see that I went to Liverpool, they were struggling for five seasons for Champions League football and I was able to get them back [into the competition].

“When I came to Celtic, they hadn’t been in the Champions League for three seasons and I got them back, so maybe people are thinking, ‘OK, Arsenal have been out of the Champions League and that is maybe the equation for someone like myself.’

“However, I’m loving my life up here. I’m not going to be here forever but I’m living in a dream – although dreams always come to an end at some point, that’s for sure. I’m always relaxed about speculation and whatnot but my focus is only on Celtic.”

Rodgers, aged 45, has been at the helm at Celtic Park since May 2016. He previously managed Liverpool between June 2012 and October 2015, taking the Reds to within a whisker of the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.

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