Brendan Rodgers would leap at the chance to take the Arsenal job, according to beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys.
The Northern Irishman has been touted as a long-term replacement for Unai Emery after the Gunners parted company with the Spaniard last week.
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In his personal blog, Keys said: ‘[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 a heartbeat – and now if he had to. And he’d be right as well.
“I’ve mentioned my taxi ride with him before. He was with us here at beIN SPORTS after losing his job at Liverpool.
“I won’t go into detail, but during the journey back to his hotel, he left me with absolutely no doubt that Arsenal’s was the job he coveted, but he had to be careful how he got there.”
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Despite Keys’ claims, the 46-year-old poured cold water on speculation of a potential mid-season switch to north London.
Rodgers said: “I have a contract here until 2022.
“I gave an honest answer about how all managers have some sort of clause in their contracts and suddenly that seems to have thrown a door wide open.
“Thus far I know managers are losing their jobs, the club have not indicated to me that they are going to sack me. I’m very happy so would have no need to look elsewhere.”
The Foxes’ form has been remarkable with 16 wins and four draws from their 25 league games under the former Liverpool manager.