Mikel Arteta has retired from football and joined Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff.
It’s long been speculated that Arteta would take a role at City and join his Spanish counterpart and today he confirmed that he will take up a role as part of the coaching staff.
Mikel Arteta said in his statement:
“I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City. The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future.
“Throughout my career I have always been interested in more than just the playing side and have had a passion for helping progress and developing the team outside of just my own role as a player.
“Coaching has always been something I have been keen to go into and over the past few years I have worked hard off the pitch as well as on it to develop my skills in order to put me in a position to be able to pursue a coaching role once I finished playing.
“I have been lucky enough to play under some amazing coaches and managers during my playing career and I hope to use elements of everything I have learnt from them as well as experience from my own playing career to help City achieve success.”