Marcus Rashford said he is "bang up for another derby" after Manchester United were paired with rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi-finals.

Both clubs knocked out lower-league opposition on Wednesday to set up a two-legged meeting in the last four, with the matches set to be played in January 2020.

Rashford starred in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Colchester United at Old Trafford, extending his fine run of form by scoring his 14th club goal of the season.

The England striker was also on target when United recorded a shock 2-1 win against Premier League champions City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.

Rashford has a strong record in the derby having also hit the winner in the fixture during his breakthrough campaign at United.

The 22-year-old is looking forward to the next chapter of one of football's historic rivalries.

"Made to work for it but job done tonight getting into semis," Rashford wrote on Twitter after United's defeat of Colchester midweek.

"Bang up for another derby too. Best games to play. Best games to win."

United's last EFL Cup title was in the 2016-17 season when they beat Southampton in the final.

City have won the tournament in three of the past four years, including each of the past two seasons.

Raheem Sterling insists his impressive goal tally this season will "not mean anything" if Manchester City fail to win any silverware.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he does not know if Mikel Arteta will be leaving the Premier League champions to join Arsenal.

Arteta, a former Gunners midfielder, is reportedly the frontrunner to be appointed as Unai Emery's successor at Emirates Stadium.

Executives from the London club were pictured leaving Arteta's home late at night after City's Premier League win at Arsenal on Sunday.

Arteta is yet to comment on rumours he is in line for the job amid reports the two clubs are yet to agree a compensation package.

Guardiola's assistant was on the bench on Wednesday as City moved into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup with a 3-1 win at League One side Oxford United.

But asked about Arteta's job status after the game, Guardiola offered no update.

"I don't know," the City boss said to Sky Sports.

Arteta has long been touted as Guardiola's potential successor at City but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach hinted he would be open to extending his contract.

Guardiola's current deal is set to expire in 2021, which will make his spell at Premier League champions City longer than he has stayed at either of his two previous clubs.

Arteta was previously linked with Arsenal following the departure of club legend Arsene Wenger in 2018.

Although he was reportedly a strong contender for the post, Arsenal instead appointed former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery and he lasted just 18 months before being sacked.

Ex-City midfielder Yaya Toure has told Omnisport he believes Arteta has what it takes to succeed in management.

"I think he's going to be a very, very good manager because I worked with him for a couple of years, and I saw him doing things, and I think he's going to be good," Toure told Omnisport.

"Man City do have a lot of possibilities. Just money-wise. I want Arsenal to spend more, but he's going to be one of the best if he can do what he wants to do."

Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City battled to a 3-1 victory at Oxford United to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

Joao Cancelo's first City goal opening the scoring midway through the first half, goalkeeper Jordan Archer wrongfooted by a deflection off helpless defender Elliott Moore.

League One side Oxford hit back just after the break, Matty Taylor taking his goal brilliantly to restore a short-lived parity, but Sterling - captain for the night - tucked in Angelino's left-wing centre to put the holders back in front.

Sterling struck again to seal a spot in the last four, with Pep Guardiola's assistant Mikel Arteta on the City bench amid reports the former Arsenal midfielder is set to succeed Unai Emery at Emirates Stadium.

Oxford skipper Rob Dickie made a brilliant last-gasp clearance to deny Sterling a tap-in as City turned the screw after a slow start.

The Premier League champions were in front in the 22nd minute with a fantastic team move spanning the length of the pitch, though Cancelo's finish took a big deflection.

Oxford scored a shock equaliser 21 seconds after the interval, Shandon Baptiste sent Taylor clear on the right channel and nutmegging Taylor Harwood-Bellis before steering a low shot past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

But within five minutes City led again, Phil Foden freeing Angelino on the left to deliver a low centre that Sterling could not miss.

City's progression was sealed in the 70th minute, Sterling netting his 33rd club goal of the year in all competitions with another close-range finish from Gabriel Jesus' centre, and Cancelo hit the post late on as the gulf in quality finally told.


What does it mean? City on track for third straight EFL Cup

Many big clubs do not take the EFL Cup particularly seriously, but that is not the case for City. They have won the tournament four times in six seasons, including in each of the past two years, and will be favourites to retain the crown.
 

Foden growing into his role

Having been a surprise starter in City's weekend win at Arsenal, Foden kept his place in midfield and impressed again. David Silva's anointed successor had a hand in City's first two goals and the teenager has now come up with an assist in three consecutive appearances in all competitions.


Harwood-Bellis switches off

Karl Robinson's enterprising Oxford side flew out of the traps in the second half and teenage defender Harwood-Bellis was caught cold. Taylor beat him far too easily, though the striker deserves lots of credit for a goal he will never forget.


What's next?

Guardiola's men host Leicester City in a huge Premier League clash on Saturday, when they might well be without Arteta. Leaders Wycombe Wanderers are less glamorous visitors to the Kassam Stadium in League One, but it will be another big match for Oxford in the battle for promotion.

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure thinks Mikel Arteta could become one of the game's best head coaches amid talk of an imminent appointment at Arsenal.

Arteta is said to be on the verge of being named as successor to Unai Emery, who was sacked at the end of November following a run of seven games without a win in all competitions.

Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has overseen just one victory in five matches, with last Sunday's 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City leading to calls for the Gunners to accelerate their plans to appoint a permanent boss.

Arteta, assistant to Pep Guardiola at City, could be named the next man at the Arsenal helm in the next 24 hours and Toure has high hopes for the 37-year-old, having worked with him at the Etihad Stadium before his exit in 2018.

"I think he's going to be a very, very good manager because I worked with him for a couple of years, and I saw him doing things, and I think he's going to be good," Toure told Omnisport.

"Man City do have a lot of possibilities. Just money-wise. I want Arsenal to spend more, but he's going to be one of the best if he can do what he wants to do."

Arteta has enjoyed great success with City since becoming Guardiola's assistant in 2016, helping them to two Premier League titles, two EFL Cups and the FA Cup.

This season has been more problematic, though, with City 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after only 17 matches.

Toure, three times a league champion at City, thinks his old club have been unfortunate this term with injuries to centre-backs and striker Sergio Aguero in particular.

"Unlucky, very unlucky," he said. "They always have major players out with injuries, but it's part of the game – sometimes you lose key players in key moments.

"But for me, the best player will always be Kun Aguero. They miss him a lot, but they're going to come back from injury, and they will work it out.

"I think he's a player that everybody wants to play with. If you're a good player, then you want to play with these kinds of players. Aguero's been great for me, he's been the player I wanted to play with.

"And maybe if I get the chance, I can coach that sort of player because he's so clever, he's so short, but he's a goalscorer and I love him."

Toure has plenty of admiration for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, though, particularly forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

"I think what Klopp is doing, and what Liverpool are achieving over the last few years is amazing. I think they're going to win the Premier League this season for sure," he added.

"Salah has been doing very well over the last two years, but Sadio Mane this year has been great. It's difficult to choose between those two because they have different qualities."

Yaya Toure has revealed he is reluctant to let his children play football because of the fear they will be racially abused.

The former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder said he would gladly work with the likes of UEFA and FIFA to combat racism in the game.

Speaking to Omnisport at the Club World Cup in Qatar, Toure also revealed his worry that racism will persist in Italy, where attempts to curb the problem have been frequently hamfisted.

"I'm sometimes emotional about this because racism is something that hurts me all the time," Toure said.

"Because my kids want to play football and want to be a footballer, and I say to him, 'Look, can you not do that?'.

"Sometimes I have to accept it, because I'm refusing him to play football why? Because of this kind of thing."

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport recently faced criticism for its 'Black Friday' front-page headline, trailing the clash of Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling in Inter's match with Roma.

And the efforts of Serie A to mount an anti-racism campaign backfired when it used artwork of monkeys as a focal point of its campaign.

Asked about racism in Italy, Toure said: "They're going to continue it. They'll continue it. You just have to understand. Three months ago I was in a conference and there were some people from the federation in Italy who just talked about it. I talked with them and what to do with Lukaku sometimes, or some of the players who don't like it.

"I think they can be better but you have to teach them. It's just about the fans. People tell them they have to be educated but it's different. It's not integration; it's about something different."

The 36-year-old Ivorian said footballers should be free to perform in an environment where "players can express themselves", and added, when asked if he would work with FIFA and UEFA: "Definitely - I want to work with them now."

Toure did not spare World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar from his criticism of the state of the game, citing it and Iraq as being among countries where women are left to feel excluded from football.

He said: "In football, to play something you have to enjoy it, because men or women ... have to play and enjoy and be herself."

Arsene Wenger believes Mikel Arteta's "great future" must be nurtured with a strong backroom team if Arsenal make the inexperienced Spaniard their new head coach.

The Gunners have held talks with their former captain and are expected to appoint him to replace Unai Emery.

Arteta, 37, spent five seasons at Emirates Stadium as a player before retiring and taking up a coaching position with Manchester City in 2016.

He is well-regarded after working as Pep Guardiola's understudy but ex-Arsenal boss Wenger said the club would have to take measures to counteract his lack of experience.

"I am an Arsenal supporter and at the moment I support the manager in charge. The manager in charge is [Freddie] Ljungberg," Wenger told reporters in Doha.

"When Arteta will be in charge I will support Arteta.

"Of course Arsenal is going through a difficult period. It's better that I don't comment on that. I just suffer like every supporter."

He added: "I believe that Mikel has a great future. He has certainly learned a lot in his first position as an assistant coach and after that he will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level.

"He will have to get surrounded well and get a good environment at the club."

Achieving the latter, according to Wenger, is an essential ingredient if Arsenal are to restore their status as a Premier League powerhouse.

The north Londoners have missed the top four in three successive seasons and have not finished higher than third since 2004-05.

"Most importantly, every club – and Arsenal especially – is built on special values and inside the club people have to take care of that," the Frenchman said.

"That is most important. What makes the culture of the club great is, first, the values of the club, and you have to be faithful to that. He will have to be surrounded, if he comes in, to respect that."

Leroy Sane's proposed switch to Bayern Munich would give the Bundesliga a welcome boost, according to Germany head coach Joachim Low.

Bayern went public with their interest in the Manchester City winger prior to the season starting.

The Bavarian giants shelved their transfer plans when Sane suffered a serious knee injury in August, but a new report claims the Schalke product has his heart set on joining Bayern.

According to Bild, Sane wants the move to go ahead in January as he steps up his recovery.

Low told the newspaper: "When a player like Sane returns to the Bundesliga, it is very enjoyable for everyone.

"He has many special features, his own style of play. He would be an attraction for the Bundesliga. Sane would keep the Bundesliga attractive."

The 23-year-old returned to the training pitch on Monday, completing an isolated session.

Germany boss Low gave Sane his international debut in November 2015 and took him to the European Championship the following year, but declined to offer advice on whether he should leave the Premier League ahead of Euro 2020.

"It's up to the player and Bayern Munich," he said.

Sane joined City from Schalke in August 2016 for a fee in the region of £37million.

His contract at the Etihad Stadium expires at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Manchester City bounced backed from the misery of their derby defeat to Manchester United with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's two-time defending champions have the opportunity to reduce the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool, who are away at the Club World Cup in Qatar.

However, standing in Manchester City's way are Leicester – four points above them in the table in second place and playing with the kind of freedom that won them the title in 2015-16.

With Manchester City in such inconsistent form, can Leicester enhance their own title ambitions and register their first win at the Etihad Stadium since February 2016?

 

RODGERS' FOXES HOT TO TROT 

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester team have taken an impressive 39 points from 17 Premier League games this season and with a hungry and talented squad got their supporters buzzing again.

That is their best ever total at this stage of a top-flight campaign and one point ahead of their title-winning campaign in 2015-16 when they had 38 points after 17 games.

The Foxes have won four consecutive Premier League away matches, after losing consecutive away trips to Manchester United and Liverpool. 

Rodgers' side – led by league top scorer Jamie Vardy – have netted 17 goals in those four away games, two more than in their previous 11 combined when they bagged 15.

Manchester City will be favourites to take the points and do seem to rise to the occasion.

Guardiola's men have won five of their past six Premier League games against teams that started the day above them in the table, the only exception being a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in November.

A Leicester win would put them seven points ahead of Manchester City and see them possibly become Liverpool's only rival for the title.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: KEVIN DE BRUYNE V JAMES MADDISON

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne gave a masterclass in their victory over Arsenal as he scored two goals and created another.

The impressive numbers produced by the Belgium international have put him on course for the most productive season of his career.

De Bruyne has nine assists in this campaign, and responded to Guardiola's request to get more goals for City with six to his name so far with 48 shots in total. 

James Maddison fulfils a slightly different role for Leicester than De Bruyne and has five goals and three assists this Premier League season, playing second fiddle to the goalscoring prowess of Vardy.

Maddison has attempted more dribbles (57) than De Bruyne (40) and made more tackles (36) than his Manchester City counterpart (19).

Manchester City's defenders will have to be on the guard with Maddison's quick feet in dangerous areas. He has won more fouls – 50 – than any of his team-mates.

FORM GUIDE

Manchester City's defence looks unusually leaky on home turf at the moment. Guardiola's side have conceded six goals in their past five Premier League home matches, one more than they had shipped in their previous 12 such games.

What is almost certain is City are more than likely to score on their own patch. Only once in the past 39 home league games have they not found the net and are the league's top scorers with 47 this season.

Leicester are, though, unbeaten in their past nine in the league. Only Liverpool are currently on a longer such run with 34 matches without losing.

The Foxes have won eight of those games and conceded just four goals in the process, although Rodgers' side were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City last time out.

This will be Manchester City's first time in front of their own fans since their derby defeat, having won away to Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal in their past two fixtures.

HISTORY SAYS

Manchester City have won four of their past five Premier League meetings with Leicester, losing the other 2-1 in December last season at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester have lost their past three Premier League away games against Manchester City, having won four of their first five visits to their opponents.

History suggests Leicester will need to keep it tight. In all competitions, the Foxes have lost five of their past six away games against Manchester City, conceding 14 goals in those defeats.

In fact, Leicester have kept just one clean sheet in their past 11 matches against Manchester City in the Premier League, drawing 0-0 at the King Power Stadium in December 2015.

However, this will be the first Premier League clash between the two sides where Leicester will start the day above Manchester City in the table since February 2016, when the Foxes picked up a 3-1 win at the Etihad.

Paul Pogba remains on the sideline but not the outer at Manchester United.

The rumoured Real Madrid target reportedly hopes to leave Old Trafford in January after missing out on a move before the season started.

But it seems the Red Devils will resist all interest in their record signing when the transfer window opens.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED BLOCK POGBA'S EXIT PATH

Five months after Mino Raiola confirmed his client's desire to depart, United remain resolute in their determination to keep star midfielder Pogba.

The 26-year-old failed to engineer a close-season exit and the Red Devils will again stand in the former Juventus star's way if he asks for a move in January, reports the Daily Mail.

Pogba has not played since September due to an ankle injury and will miss Wednesday's EFL Cup quarter-final against Colchester United because of illness.

LaLiga leaders Barcelona and Serie A champions Juve, where he spent four seasons, have been linked with Pogba since his return to United, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is known to admire the World Cup winner.

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- Mikel Arteta is on the verge of taking charge at Arsenal and plans to appoint fellow Manchester City assistant Rodolfo Borrell as his number two in north London, reports the Mirror.

- Though the Gunners are in talks with Arteta, The Athletic claims Arsenal's former captain, Nice boss Patrick Vieira, remains an outside chance to win the job.

- Has Jerome Boateng played his final game for Bayern Munich? Suddeutsche Zeitung suggests the centre-back's agent Fali Ramadani recently met with Hasan Salihamidzic to discuss a January transfer, though the prospect of a mid-season move is complicated by Bayern's injuries at the back. 

- In brighter news for the Bundesliga giants, Bild says Leroy Sane has decided he wants to join Bayern in January. The Manchester City star was heavily linked with a switch from the Premier League to his native Germany prior to suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

- Diego Simeone wants to strengthen Atletico Madrid's defence with the signing of AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli, according to CalcioMercato.

- Chelsea could be left frustrated in their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha. The Daily Mail claims Crystal Palace will not budge on their £80million valuation of the 27-year-old winger.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects Mikel Arteta's future to be decided quickly after he held talks with Arsenal.

Arteta, currently an assistant to Guardiola, is a strong favourite to replace Unai Emery as Gunners head coach.

The City boss is eager for the matter to be resolved in the near future as he prepares for an EFL Cup quarter-final against Oxford United on Wednesday.

Asked if he wants a decision to be made soon, Guardiola said on Tuesday: "Yes, I think so. It's going to happen quick. I don't know [if it will happen before the end of the week].

"Tomorrow we travel to Oxford, so I don't know."

The former Barcelona boss wants Arteta to stay with the Premier League champions but has plans in place if his fellow Spaniard departs.

Guardiola said: "We will move forward. We are going to prepare the next game. We are going to reschedule a little bit the position but we are talking about a 'hypothetic'.

"[Arteta] knows the desire and what we would like but after that, if finally he decides to leave for another club, we will make a decision in that moment of what we have to do.

"In this moment we prepare for the game and the team that is going to play [on Wednesday], the starting 11, and he prepares his part of the training, as always we have done in the last three-and-a-half years."

Guardiola suggested Arteta would have a tough task restoring Arsenal to their former glories.

"I don't know. I think Arsenal was always one of the best teams of the last 20 years," Guardiola said when asked if Arteta can take Arsenal to the level City are at.

"When Arsene [Wenger] took over the team, he raised the club to another level and now they are struggling a little bit the last years.

"When the club takes a decision to replace the manager or buy players it's always to rise to be better. Whether it's going to happen or not, I don't know.

"You know my opinion about Mikel. If he stays I'd be happy, incredible, because we all work together really well - hopefully he can feel the same as me or with us.

"If he decides to move I'll wish him all the best, for him, his family and for his professional future. I will beat him - that’s a joke! The best of luck."

Pep Guardiola described Manchester City's Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid as an "incredible test" for his side.

Premier League champions City have been pitted against Zinedine Zidane's men in arguably the tie of the round and will travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg on February 26.

Zidane led Madrid to three Champions League titles in his first spell in charge. He returned to the club in March and Madrid go into Wednesday's Clasico level on points with arch rivals Barcelona.

However, Guardiola is undaunted by the prospect of playing Madrid at a relatively early stage in the tournament. 

He told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's EFL Cup quarter-final with Oxford United: "We are happy just to be in the last 16 of the competition even if people think that's not enough.

"If you want to do well in this competition, to progress further than that, then of course you have to face this sort of opponent sooner or later

"It will be an incredible test for us but we have two months to prepare for it. Hopefully we will be in a good moment in February and we can play a good two games.

"Real Madrid have a lot more experience than us in this situation, they have played this sort of game many more times, but of course I have confidence in my players."

Asked about his counterpart in the dugout, Guardiola replied: "That never happened but I used to dream of playing with Zidane.

"He was an incredible player, and he's an incredible person. I have always admired him and it will be a pleasure to meet him again."

The Champions League draw gives Barca legend Guardiola even more of a reason to be an interested observer of the Clasico, though the EFL Cup commitments means he will have to delay his scouting assignment.

"I think both teams are in a good moment. I saw highlights. The results they arrive in a good moment and I always thought the team that plays at home has a little bit of advantage," Guardiola said of the Camp Nou clash.

"We cannot watch because we have a game but in the next days if I have time I will watch because Madrid is the next rival in the Champions League."

Pep Guardiola confirmed Mikel Arteta has held talks with Arsenal over their vacant manager's position.

Arteta is reportedly the lead candidate to replace Unai Emery at Emirates Stadium, where he played from 2011 to 2016 before taking up a position as assistant to Guardiola at Manchester City.

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham is said to have met Arteta on Sunday and Guardiola, speaking ahead of City's EFL Cup quarter-final with Oxford United, confirmed he was aware of discussions between the two parties.

Guardiola told a pre-match media conference: "He's talking with Arsenal so I don't know what’s going to happen."

The City boss confirmed Arteta is travelling with the team to Oxford and, asked why other clubs want Arteta, he replied: "He's an incredible person. A good manager, good work ethic that’s why he's with us.

"The club is always live. People today and then maybe tomorrow not here. Now he is part of our group and staff and stays here.

"When we have any new news I will know it and you will know it. He trained today and that's all."

Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at home by Guardiola's City side on Sunday, with the Gunners having won just one of their last 12 games in all competitions. They are 10th in the table, seven points off the top four and 17 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal and Everton are moving closer to confirming their new bosses.

According to reports, the Premier League clubs have identified their preferred candidates and commenced discussions.

But while supporters appear to be onside, it seems Manchester City have been left upset by recent developments.

 

TOP STORY – ARSENAL MAKE PROGRESS WITH ARTETA PURSUIT

Arsenal have opened talks with City assistant Mikel Arteta and the Premier League champions are not pleased, according to The Athletic.

Arteta, 37, reportedly met with Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi last week and discussions regarding his potential appointment are said to have advanced following discussions with key officials Vinai Venkatesham and Huss Fahmy.

The Athletic's report suggests that though the Spaniard has kept his employers informed, City have received no official approach from the Gunners – an oversight that has "angered" those at the Etihad Stadium, according to the Mirror.

Arteta spent five seasons with Arsenal as a player and was in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger in 2018, before the job went to Unai Emery.

 

ROUND-UP

- Arteta has also been linked with a return to Everton but the Toffees look set to land a vastly more experienced candidate. According to The Telegraph, Carlo Ancelotti is on the verge of becoming their new manager on a deal running through to 2024. Everton, however, have denied issuing any contract offers in the wake of Marco Silva's dismissal.

- "Senior stars" at Tottenham have urged Jose Mourinho to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore, reports Football Insider. Traore scored a goal and ran the Spurs defence ragged in his side's 2-1 defeat at Molineux on Sunday.

- LaLiga title hopefuls Real Madrid are taking a close look at teenage Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, claims L'Equipe. Camavinga has already accrued 20 Ligue 1 starts at the tender age of 17.

- Bayern Munich hope to sign Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos but may be forced to wait until the end of the season, says Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.

- Remaining with Bayern and, even though the Bundesliga champions sit six points adrift of leaders RB Leipzig, club executives are keeping the faith with interim head coach Hansi Flick, reports Bild. That means Thomas Tuchel will not be making a mid-season switch from Paris Saint-Germain.

- Serie A table-toppers Inter admire 20-year-old River Plate midfielder Cristian Ferreira and have discussed the possibility of a transfer with his agent, reports CalcioMercato. 

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne advised Mikel Arteta to consider taking the next step in his coaching career amid reported interest from Arsenal.

The Gunners are said to have held talks with the City assistant in their search for a successor to the sacked Unai Emery.

Arteta, 37, became an understudy to Pep Guardiola in 2016 after retiring from playing at the end of his fifth season with Arsenal.

De Bruyne, who starred when the teams met in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, said City should let Arteta leave if the Spaniard decides he is ready to move.

"He is helping us a lot, but if he gets a good opportunity to be a head coach, and he thinks it's time for him to take that, I think as a club you need to let somebody go," De Bruyne told UK media.

"You want to grow as a head coach, I guess. If he doesn't, it's his decision, but why, otherwise, start coaching in that way?

"It's difficult for me to explain. Whatever he wants to do, you have to do it. If you want to grow, you need to take opportunities when they come."

Arteta has also been linked with the top job at Everton, another of his former clubs,

Earlier this month, Guardiola admitted he hoped Arteta would continue on at City but said he wanted "the best for him."

De Bruyne added: "He is finding his role really, really good right now.

"I guess one day he will want to be a head coach. I don't know when but he's helping the team in the way he thinks he can help and is doing a good job."

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