Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has responded to speculation he could be a contender to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager this summer.
Reports this week have claimed Arsenal have made contact with Athletic to enquire about Valverde’s availability.
The 53-year-old has also been tipped as a potential replacement for Luis Enrique at Barcelona after impressing during his time with the Basque side.
Wenger’s future remains uncertain with talk of a two-year deal being on the table but no decision yet to be confirmed by either the club or the Frenchman.
Valverde says that he has enjoyed coaching abroad previously and refused to rule out a move to the Premier League.
“I’ve already coached abroad and for me it was an enriching experience. It was extraordinary,” he said via the Daily Mail.
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“I do not know what is going to happen in the future but it’s not a personal target to go to one place or another.
“We will see if I go [to the Premier League] now, soon or never. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Wenger is under huge pressure currently, largely due to the club’s awful form, and also the uncertainty surrounding the futures of stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have claimed they have been told Wenger has not been offered a new deal and that a mutual decision will be made at the end of the season.
Quite when a decision will be made remains to be seen, but the club need to make the right decision and soon so they can begin planning for next season.