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Brendan Rodgers ends Arsenal rumour, signs new five-year deal with Leicester city

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Brendan Rodgers ends Arsenal rumour, signs new five-year deal with Leicester city

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the club, putting paid to rumour linking him with a move to Arsenal.

The former Liverpool and Celtic manager was on Arsenal’s shortlist after sacking Unai Emery last week despite insisting he was “very happy” at Leicester, who sit second in the Premier League.

Rodgers’ previous contract was due to expire in 2022, but his suggestion that deal contained a release clause had fuelled talk of a move away from the King Power Stadium.

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He says talks over a new Leicester deal had been ongoing for weeks before Emery left Arsenal.

When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey,” said Rodgers, who took over in February this year.

“I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the club build for the future.”

Rodgers, 46, had also been considered as a potential target to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham before Jose Mourinho was appointed.

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Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said Rodgers’ qualities were “well known”.

But just as important to us is the suitability of Brendan’s wider philosophy to the club’s established culture and values,” he said.

“He and his staff immersed themselves immediately, building an understanding for the Club and the city and an appreciation for what makes them special.”

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