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Craig Burley says Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City can mount a legitimate challenge to Liverpool. (1:35)

Leicester City have extended manager Brendan Rodgers’s contract until June 2025 after he had been linked with the vacant coaching role at Arsenal.

Rodgers, who left Celtic to take charge at Leicester in February, has overseen a change in fortunes at the club who now sit second in the league with the best defensive record, having conceded only nine goals.

The former Liverpool boss was linked with the Arsenal job after they sacked Unai Emery last month and created a stir when he said there was a “release clause” in his contract.

He has since reiterated his desire to continue working at Leicester.

“When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey,” he said in a statement.

“I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the club build for the future.

“I’ve inherited an outstanding team of staff that are dedicated to progress and improvement and we have a group of players that are a joy to work with every day.”

After starting the campaign with two draws, Leicester have since won 11 of their last 13 games — including their last seven — to leapfrog defending champions Manchester City and sit eight points behind Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola expects Mikel Arteta to remain his assistant until the end of the season at least despite his No.2’s own links with the Arsenal job.

Asked whether there’s been an approach for Arteta, Guardiola told Sky Sports: “No. He travelled to Burnley and tomorrow he will be close to me again against [Manchester] United.

“Hopefully he will stay but at the end of the season I don’t know what is going to happen.”

Pressed on whether he expects Arteta to stay till the end of the season, Guardiola added: “He will be here until the end of the season, I think so.”

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