Rio Ferdinand reacts to reports Zeljko Buvac will become Arsenal manager

The Man United legend doesn't believe Liverpool FC assistant manager Zeljko Buvac will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Rio Ferdinand has poured cold water on talk of Liverpool FC assistant manager Zeljko Buvac taking over the reins from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Liverpool FC number two has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next Arsenal boss despite his lack of experience in the main role during his coaching career.

Buvac has worked under Klopp for 17 seasons since the German coach took charge of the Bundesliga outfit Mainz before the pair spent five years at Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a new coach after Wenger confirmed his intention to stand down at the end of the Premier League campaign.

Former Dortmund head of recruitment Sven Mislinstat was appointed in the same role back in November 2017 to fuel reports he wants Buvac at the Gunners.

The Bosnian has also got experience working with Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Dortmund.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand poured cold water on talk of Buvac becoming the next Gunners boss.

“Yeah I think it probably is (people adding two and two and getting five),” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“To come out of this situation at this time of the season, in such an important part of the season, their friendship as you can see there is so tight, in each other’s pockets, working together so closely, to come out right now it only says one thing to me and that must be personal issues.”

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a long way behind Tottenham Hotspur in the final Champions League qualification spot.

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