Manchester City are set to win the race to hand retiring Arsenal star Mikel Arteta his first coaching role.
Arteta revealed following the Gunners’ 4-0 defeat of relegated Aston Villa on Sunday in their season finale that he had received three offers for his services.
Apparently one of those offers is to join fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.
And it appears that the chance to join the revolution at the blue half of Manchester has trumped other interest.
Tottenham and Arsenal were believed to be the other options available.
When asked if he is definitely retiring, Arteta said at the weekend: ‘I am going to leave (it open) by one per cent because in football one per cent is a lot and things can twist very quickly.
‘But I have different options now to be related to football which I am very grateful for. It is very unusual to have opportunities at this level.
‘As well, that made me think it was probably time (to retire) and the way I have been watching football in the last few months – or probably over a year – it was not as a player, it was more as a coach. Then you have to think about it.
‘You have to be honest with yourself. That’s why I haven’t been upset with the manager (by not playing), I have been upset with myself.
‘When you can’t get it right and you have been through injuries and difficult moments at this level… for me to play at this club you have to be the best in your position.
‘When you lose that, I think you should be away from this place. I have probably been here too long. In the last few months, I probably didn’t deserve to be here but at least I got the chance against Aston Villa to stay in touch with them and it has been amazing.
‘For me, the standards you need to play for this club, it cannot be eight out of 10, it has to be 10 out of 10. When you cannot deliver that, it is not good enough.
‘Sometimes people get away with it. Inside myself, my gut wasn’t clean and when you are like this, I prefer to make the decision myself.’