Brazil national team coach Tite has apologised for Arsenal for the ‘fake news’ that suggested he was being lined up as a replacement for Mikel Arteta.
Speaking to TV Globo earlier this week, journalist Eric Faria claimed the 60-year-old would leave his position with the Seleção after the World Cup in Qatar to join forces with Gunners technical director Edu, with whom he built a close working relationship at both Corinthians and within the Brazil national team setup.
Quizzed about the story in a press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Bolivia, Tite went out of his way to dismiss the speculation.
“I apologise to Arsenal, but that information [that I was interested in the job] did not come from us and there is absolutely nothing to it,” he said.
“At a time of so much ‘fake news’, information that is not true makes me sad and I hope that this is corrected. My family can rest easy because I have dignity and great respect for the Brazilian team.
“My feeling is very sad and I get sad because information is passed to the public that is a lie.
“I tell people who feel identified with me to be calm, because Tite has a personal attitude that values his professional activity and knows of the responsibility with the Brazilian team.”
For what it’s worth, Arsenal are known to be eager to tie Mikel Arteta down to a new contract and revised terms are likely to be penned at the end of the season.