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Mikel Arteta reveals why he opted to stay at Manchester City amid managerial interest from Newcastle

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Manchester City's assistant manager Mikel Arteta has revealed why he chose to remain at the Etihad Stadium this summer amid interest from Newcastle in making the Spaniard the club's new manager.

And speaking to SER Catalunya, Arteta has explained why he ignored interest from firstly Arsenal and secondly Newcastle.

Arteta was one of the names considered to replace Rafa Benitez as Newcastle manager after he left the club at the conclusion of his contract in July.

But after seeking advice from his compatriot, Benitez - who is believed to have warned Arteta off the job - the 37-year-old opted to remain as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Eastlands.

And you are comfortable and have fun, and every day this good atmosphere helps a lot."

"We have a staff environment where we are challenged daily but at the same time we have a very good human collective.

The former Arsenal, Everton and Rangers midfielder is considered to be one of the rising stars of the coaching game having played a prominent role in Manchester City's trophy-laden success across the last couple of seasons.
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