Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed his “incredible” assistant manager Mikel Arteta, tipping the Spaniard to replace him as manager when he leaves.
The Spaniard emerged as one of the front-runners for the Gunners job after Arsene Wenger retired in 2018, but wanted to stay and learn at the Ethiad.
Guardiola has been assisted by the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder since he joined the club, and he is confident that Arteta is the right man to replace him when he eventually leaves.
“I’m pretty sure [he’ll succeed me]. He will have success,” he said.
“Sooner or later it’s going to happen (Arteta becoming a manager). He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.
“He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions.
“We talk a lot about what he believes and how he feels.”
Star Goalkeeper Buffon Reveals What Made Him Not To Win The Champions League
Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon, has said he “thanks life” for not letting him win the Champions League.
According to the 41-year-old, his failure to win the competition, has allowed him to continue playing football.
The Italian goalkeeper has a lengthy list of both personal and team honours to his name, yet the Champions League trophy remains elusive.
The Italian has won nine Serie A titles with Juve, and has clinched the Coppa Italia five times, including once with former club Parma.
Buffon also won a Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain last season in his only campaign outside of Italy, having also helped his country to the 2006 World Cup.
“For me it’s a huge stimulus and I have to thank life for not letting me win [the Champions League] yet, otherwise I would ask myself why I still play.
“It is great to be still in the running and try again, but there is no agreement on playing at least one game in Europe in the season, we are at Juventus and not in an amateur club, I play when I am called in by the coach,” Buffon said, according to Goal.
The Juventus legend has come close on three occasions, losing the 2003 final on penalties to Serie A rivals, AC Milan, before falling to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid in the 2015 and 2017 finals, respectively.
See What Ivan Perisic Said After His BIG MOVE To Man United Broke Down
Bayern Munich winger, Ivan Perisic, has admitted it was “painful” to see his dream transfer to Manchester United collapse in 2017.
The Croatian had seemed all set to link up with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese making the then Inter Milan man a priority.
But the move never happened, and Perisic ended up staying at Inter for two more years, prior to his move to Bayern this summer.
In an interview with The Athletic, the 30-year-old spoke of how much he wanted to link up with Mourinho.
“How close was I going there (United)? Very close.
“It was an amazing thing for me when Jose [Mourinho] called me. It was difficult to say no to him.
“In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United. It was a dream of mine to play in all the big leagues. But it didn’t happen.
“It was painful for me. But I don’t want to go into the details. I only found out myself the real reasons two years later,” Perisic said.
Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Named Ballon D’or Ambassador
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been chosen as France Football’s Ballon d’Or ambassador on Thursday.
The former Blues star will co-host the award ceremony set for December 2 in Paris, and will present the trophy.
“I feel honoured to present this prestigious award. I see it as an acknowledgement of my career and its exemplarity,” Drogba said in a statement .
Although the former forward never won the celebrated award, he was nominated eight times between 2004 and 2012, and even came fourth in 2007.
“I would have liked to do better but this fourth place is a great reward,” admits Drogba.
The 64th Ballon d’Or ceremony will be take place at the end of the year, with Virgil van Dijk the frontrunner for the top award.