Media round-up: Arteta linked with coaching role at City
By Ric Turner, Wed 24 February 2016 09:41
Arsenal midfielder expected to retire from playing at the end of the season
Mike Arteta is being widely touted for a coaching role at City under Pep Guardiola. The pair are friends from their Barcelona days, and Arteta is committed to a becoming a coach once his playing career is over. It is thought he may retire at the end of this season, having only made eight appearances for Arsenal in an injury-hit campaign.
The Daily Star claim that Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as a "shock" candidate to rival Antonio Conte for the Chelsea job this summer. Apparently technical director Michael Emenalo has been championing the Chilean coach's cause to replace Guus Hiddink at the end of the season. Although it perhaps shouldn't come as a shock to the newspaper, as they reported the same story over three weeks ago.
The Manchester Evening News report that Sergio Aguero is poised to pledge his long-term future to City, by signing a contract extension until 2020. The Argentinian striker is clearly happy at the club, and would like to end his playing days in Manchester despite previously claiming that he would return to Independiente at the end of his current contract.
Finally, Paul Pogba tops Pep Guardiola's wish list at Manchester City this summer, according to ESPN. Guardiola said: "Now he's a Juventus player, he's very strong and very young. He's shown his value, but I know he's happy at Juve and I wish him a long career. Would I like to coach him? It doesn't depend on me, but on the club."