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Gary Neville says manager reportedly on Arsenal and Spurs radar is 'exceptional'

Gary Neville has described reported Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur managerial target Brendan Rodgers as “exceptional”.

According to the Daily Mail, the Leicester manager would be a prime contender for the Gunners hotseat if Mikel Arteta is axed.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are on the lookout for a new head coach in wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking, and Rodgers has been heavily linked with the Spurs reins.

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“Rodgers is certainly someone who has admirers at Tottenham, and has done for a long time,”‘s Alasdair Gold wrote on Monday.

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“But whether he would want to leave the Foxes, particularly if they qualify for Champions League football, remains to be seen.”

This season, Leicester are once again in the running for a Champions League place and have also reached the FA Cup final.

Rodgers’ heroics this season have seen him name-checked by Neville as one of the contenders for Manager of the Season, though the two Champions League finalists made the cut in the end.

“Brendan Rodgers has done brilliantly and you do have to balance off the budget and the players these managers have,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“Rodgers and Sean Dyche are exceptional managerial performances – and David Moyes at West Ham has been exceptional too.

“But I would still go with Guardiola or Tuchel because to win the Champions League and the league in the same season takes some doing.”

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Rodgers has worked wonders at Leicester since moving from Celtic, returning the 2015-16 Premier League champions to the upper echelons of English football.

He’ll be a difficult manager to prise away from the Foxes, but both Arsenal and Spurs are top clubs with great potential that are currently having a bad time, and the prospect of a project in restoring them to glory is sure to appeal.

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