Sousa rejects Gunners link

Bordeaux

Paulo Sousa has played down rumours that he might take over at Arsenal and insists he is happy managing Bordeaux.

The Gunners are still on the lookout for a new permanent boss after the departure of Unai Emery, with Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge of first-team affairs.

A number of people have been linked to the post but Sousa emerged as a possibility after French publication L’Equipe reported earlier this week that the north Londoners had made contact with his representatives.

His agents are reported to have said: “They are in talks with multiple candidates but Paulo is part of that list, certainly. Between the two, it could work.”

Sousa is no stranger to fans of the English game, having worked at Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City and Leicester City early in his managerial career.

 

However, the 49-year-old did not last long at any of those clubs and has since worked in Hungary, Israel, Switzerland, Italy and China before ending up at the Ligue 1 club in March this year.

The former Juventus and Inter midfielder has guided Les Girondins to fifth in the French top-flight standings and, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, made it clear to reporters that he is happy in his present surroundings.

“I’m fine here, focused on everything I can control,” he said. “It’s me who makes the decision, not my agent. I’m trying to have a great marriage with this club. It’s not a question of being impatient.”

Bordeaux take on Strasbourg on Sunday and it remains to be seen if his words placate the reporters who are bound to ask similar questions after the final whistle.

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