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Tottenham have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, according to reports.
The former Everton man is expected be released when his contract expires at the end of the season and could retire from playing and delve into management.
Arteta is not short of options should he decide to end his playing career as Tottenham and Manchester City are reportedly keen on offering him a role in their management staff.
According to the Mirror via football insider, Arteta could be given the opportunity to reunite with his former teammate Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham in a coaching capacity.
The pair played together at PSG and have kept a good relationship within themselves with Arteta previously admitting Pochettino was like “a dad” to him.
According to the times via the same report, Pep Guardiola would offer Mikel Arteta role at the Etihad if the former Everton man retires at the end of the current campaign.
Guardiola who is also a close friend of Arteta right from their days in Barcelona is aware that the Arsenal midfielder is determined to become a coach after retirement having completed some of his badges.
In Arsenal, many are expecting he will take up a coaching job at the club’s academy when he retires from active football but the Gunners are set to be shocked with recent developments.
Arsene Wenger is thinking of offering the midfielder a coaching role at Arsenal should he retire at the end of the season but it is not expected to be with the senior team like Guardiola or Pochettino will offer him.
Arteta already had coaching spells with the Gunners under 13’s and Wales Under 16’s in the past