Rio Ferdinand, the Manchester United legend, has made a new claim about Mikel Arteta.

He said he has ‘heard’ that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta ‘is looking to join Real Madrid’ if Carlo Ancelotti leaves the La Liga champions at the end of the season.

It is rumoured that Real Madrid will part ways with Ancelotti this summer unless the Italian can deliver the UEFA Champions League trophy for the second year in a row.

Ancelotti has been heavily linked with various other jobs, including the Brazil national team job.

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But Ferdinand has now warned that Arteta already has one eye on the Real Madrid managerial job.

“You have got to keep Arteta, first and foremost,” Ferdinand said with a smile and a laugh when speaking about Arsenal on his podcast.

“I heard something… I heard that Real Madrid [are interested] and when they come knocking, your players would be coachless.

“I heard Ancelotti, Don Carlo, the eyebrow, he might be getting off, and that Arteta is looking to go to Real Madrid. That’s the rumour on the streets. The streets are talking.”

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