Mikel Arteta has given a blunt response after being linked with the stunning Real Madrid job.
The Arsenal manager has been linked with the Spanish giants in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that he could be the man to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.
However, Arteta has now responded to the speculation, insisting that he is focused on his job at Arsenal and is not thinking about any other job.
Speaking to reporters, Arteta said: “I am very happy here at Arsenal and I am focused on my job here. I am not thinking about any other job.”
The Spaniard has been in charge of Arsenal since December 2019 and has made a positive start to life at the Emirates Stadium.
He has guided the Gunners to the Europa League semi-finals and has also secured a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
Arteta has also been credited with improving the team’s defensive record and has been praised for his tactical acumen.
However, despite his impressive start to life at Arsenal, it appears that he is not interested in taking the Real Madrid job.
Real Madrid are currently in the process of searching for a new manager after Zidane announced his departure earlier this month.
The Spanish giants have been linked with a number of high-profile names, including former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
However, it appears that Arteta is not on their list of potential candidates.
The Spaniard has made it clear that he is happy at Arsenal and is not interested in taking the Real Madrid job.
This is a blow for Real Madrid, who were reportedly interested in Arteta as a potential replacement for Zidane.
However, it appears that Arteta is not interested in taking the job and is instead focused on his job at Arsenal.
The Gunners are currently preparing for the 2021/22 season and will be hoping to build on their impressive performances this season.
Arteta will be hoping to guide the Gunners to more success next season and will be determined to prove that he is the right man for the job at the Emirates Stadium.