Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he’s not interested in being Arsenal coach despite his £14million exit clause in his contract at the Power Stadium.
Rodgers is one of managers linked for the Arsenal job after former Gunners manager, Unai Emery was sacked on Saturday November 29.
Freddie Ljungberg has temporarily taken charge of the Gunners until a replacement is found.
Rodgers who led the Foxes to beat Everton 2-1 at the Power Stadium on Sunday earlier confirmed he signed a release clause in his contract with Leicester but neither confirmed whether he was staying or interested in moving to Arsenal.
However, in his press conference on Monday about his upcoming match against Watford on Wednesday, he finally made it clear he was not interested in taking up the Arsenal job as head coach as there was no reason for him to move.
“I’m staying at Leicester . I’m not interested in Arsenal,” he maintained.
“The message is clear and has been, probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here.
“I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a purpose. The purpose was very clear in that I wanted to help this club move forward out of where it was when I came in, and looking to lead it forward with a group I feel has huge potential.
“Okay, I moved after nearly three years at Celtic and people may look at me thinking ‘Right, because a club like Arsenal, with the great institution and size, and all of that’- but it’s all about happiness and I couldn’t be happier here.
“My contract is until 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to release me from that.
“I gave an honest answer, which was based around probably most managers have something in their contracts, and by all accounts that ‘opened the door’ for something.
“Logic looks at it and I repeat, I’m very very happy here. There’s a lot for us to grow and develop over these next few seasons.
“Take from that what you want.”
Arsenal hope to shortlist four or five names out of their many contenders by Friday.
The search continues with technical director Edu, head of football Raul Sanllehi, managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contracts negotiator Huss Fahmy in charge of finding a new Arsenal head coach.