Kevin De Bruyne has urged Manchester City to allow assistant coach Mikel Arteta to leave the club to become Arsenal’s next manager.
Arteta has emerged as a frontrunner to replace the sacked Unai Emery at the Emirates, the Spaniard having held talks with the Gunners hierarchy this week, though it is yet to be confirmed whether has been offered the vacant role of head coach.
The 37-year-old has impressed since joining Manchester City‘s backroom staff three years ago, working alongside Pep Guardiola as the club have claimed back-to-back Premier League titles as well as English football’s first domestic treble.
Arteta’s development has now attracted the attention of former club Arsenal, where he spent five years as a player and was club captain, and De Bruyne believes the City coach should be allowed to leave in order to fulfil his ambitions of moving into senior management should he be offered the opportunity.
“He came here three years ago, and had to find his way a little bit, because to transition from player to coach is a little bit different,” De Bruyne told the Manchester Evening News.
“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.
“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.
“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.”