Arsenal have issued an official club statement in response to rumours linking chief executive Ivan Gazidis with a move away from the club.
It’s one of the strangest transfer stories of the summer as rumours continue swirl not around an Arsenal player, but about the club’s chief executive.
Ivan Gazidis hasn’t been far from the limelight in the last few months but that has only increased in recent weeks.
We reported yesterday that the club’s chief executive was apparently set to join AC Milan in September and now, Arsenal have issued a club statement responding to these claims.
“We are aware of the speculation surrounding our chief executive Ivan Gazidis,” the statement from Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick read.
“We know he receives many offers from organisations inside and outside the game as he’s a hugely respected figure. He has never accepted any of these opportunities and has never spoken about them publicly.
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“He has always been fully committed to taking Arsenal forward and is currently working hard in Singapore with our new head coach Unai Emery as we prepare for the new season.”
Emery himself was asked about the reports and had this to say.
“I speak every day with him. He has been committed here for many, many years,” Emery told the press in Singapore.
“I think he continues here because it is a big project here and his commitment to Arsenal is very strong. We are speaking about every decision for our club.”
It seems as if most of the people around Ivan Gazidis at Arsenal believe that he will remain at the club. However, it is perhaps telling that Gazidis hasn’t spoken publically about the rumours considering how quick he has been to place himself in the media eye in recent months.