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Kevin de Bruyne has given his backing to Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta, amid speculation the Spaniard is set to take over from Unai Emery at Arsenal. The City assistant head coach has spent three years at The Etihad.
Arteta is reportedly set to take his first step into management with Arsenal.
The Spanish coach is expected to take over from Unai Emery at The Emirates.
Arteta reportedly held talks with Arsenal officials on Monday night over taking charge at the club.
Arsenal chief Vnai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy were seen leaving Arteta’s house on Sunday night.
This led to fans believing a deal was done, with the possibility of the former Gunners midfielder taking charge against Everton on Saturday.
Arteta has played a key role in Manchester City’s back-to-back Premier League title-winning campaigns.
The 37-year-old has been Pep Guardiola’s assistant for three years now, and has helped the legendary manager to build one of the best teams in Europe.
But despite his close relationship to his players, Arteta has been backed to succeed whenever he makes the move into management.
And De Bruyne, who scored twice against Arsenal in Sunday’s 3-0 win, explained that he believes Arteta is ready to make the next step in his career.
“He came here three years ago and had to find his way a little bit, because to transition from player to coach is a little bit different,” he said.
“He is finding his role really and is really good right now.
“But I guess one day he will want to be a head coach.
“He is helping us a lot, but if he gets a good opportunity to be a head coach, and he thinks it’s time for him to take that, I think as a club you need to let somebody go.
“You want to grow as a head coach, I guess.
“If he doesn’t, it’s his decision, but why, otherwise, start coaching in that way?
“Whatever he wants to do, you have to do it. If you want to grow, you need to take opportunities when they come.”