BeIN Sports presenter Richard Keys has claimed on his official website that Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers would take the Arsenal job “in a heartbeat”, despite Leicester’s stunning form in the Premier League.
Rodgers left Celtic midway through last season to take over Leicester, despite the prospect of winning a historic treble treble. The brave decision has since paid off, shining as Leicester manager – despite criticism from Celtic fans.
Leicester currently sit in second place in the Premier League, three points ahead of Manchester City after an injury-time winner over Everton on Sunday. They do, however, sit eight points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Rodgers did everything but admit that he had a release clause in his Leicester contract when asked after Sunday’s win, with reports claiming it would take £14million to see him leave The Foxes. Keys claimed he would move to Arsenal ‘in a heartbeat’.
“[Mikel] Arteta would be more of a gamble than Rodgers, who did nothing in his interview with Geoff Shreeves to deter Arsenal from making an approach. In fact, he did quiet the opposite. He’d take the job in heart beat – and now if he had to,” Keys said.
“Would he leave Leicester now? You bet he would. He’s already shown that he’s prepared to make big decisions by walking out on Celtic and the prospect of a ‘treble treble’.”
TBR’s view – Surely Rodgers has got to remain at Leicester?
Yes, Rodgers left Celtic in the midst of a treble winning season, but he had already clocked up seven trophies with the Hoops. There were questions as to how far he had taken Celtic – especially after struggling in Europe.
At Leicester, he has taken the Foxes to second in the Premier League, with a chance of taking them back into the Champions League and who knows – catching Liverpool? Surely, Rodgers must see out at least the season with Leicester.