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Brendan Rodgers 'very happy' at Leicester and 'no need to look elsewhere' despite Arsenal links

Northern Irishman, 46, has guided Foxes to second in the Premier League ahead of Wednesday's visit of another managerless club, Watford

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers applauds fans after their win over Everton on Sunday. Reuters
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers applauds fans after their win over Everton on Sunday. Reuters

Brendan Rodgers declared himself "very happy" at Leicester City amid growing speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at Arsenal.

Rodgers, 46, is among a host of names touted to succeed Unai Emery, the Spaniard sacked by the North London club following a run of seven matches without a win.

That run was extended to eight under caretaker Freddie Ljungberg on Sunday when the Gunners needed a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to salvage a 2-2 draw at struggling Norwich City.

But Rodgers, who only joined Leicester from Scottish champions Celtic in February and has guided the team to second in the Premier League this term, reiterated his commitment to the Foxes.

"I have a contract here until 2022 and thus far, and I know managers are losing their jobs, but the club haven't indicated to me that they're going to sack me," the Northern Irishman said. "I think they're pretty happy with how we're working

"And I'm very happy, so I've no need to look elsewhere. And I think logic would tell you -- and I know that sometimes in your world it's not always logical, there's gossip and speculation -- but why would I want to leave Leicester City at this moment in time?

"I'm working with a young group of players with so much potential, that want to improve and want to develop. There's a lot for us to grow and develop over these next few seasons. We're moving to a new training facility."

Leicester's next game is against bottom club Watford on Wednesday with the 2016 Premier League champions looking to extend their winning run of games to seven.

Watford are also on the lookout for a manager having parted company with Quique Sanchez Flores, after only 85 days and 10 games in charge.

Flores' sacking comes only three months after the club parted company with another Spaniard, Javi Gracia.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is the current frontrunner for the vacancy. The 60-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by the Seagulls at the end of last term and is thought to be eager for a top-flight return having reportedly turned down approaches from Championship clubs. Sam Allardyce, Paul Clement and former Real Betis boss Quique Setien have also been linked with the position.

Under 23 coach Hayden Mullins will take charge of Wednesday's match against Leicester at the King Power Stadium, the club said.

Updated: December 2, 2019 09:22 PM

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