Brendan Rodgers ‘wants the Arsenal job’.
That’s the view of former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
Rodgers has been heavily linked with the vacant head coach role following the dismissal of Unai Emery last week.
The Leicester City boss is understood to be on a lengthy shortlist of managers being considered by the Arsenal board.
His stock has dramatically risen and his career has been rebuilt following successful spells with Celtic and Leicester City.
And Adam feels Rodgers would leave the King Power for The Emirates in a heartbeat if the chance came.
He told BBC Radio Five Live (Express): “He’s playing a game. I think he wants the Arsenal job. I think he would take the Arsenal job. I think he would walk out [on Leicester].
“They will have been conversations with his representatives. For a manager to say ‘yeah I have a buy out clause’ a lot of managers have a buy out clause.
“Don’t discuss what is inside your contract. If you are not trying to throw a little bit of incitement out there, just say ‘it is personal contract issues’.
“You don’t say ‘oh yeah there is a buy out clause’. I would refuse to admit there was a buy out clause.
“Arsenal obviously know there’s a buy out clause and he’s maybe playing a game a little bit.”
Adam’s comments come after Rodgers played down his own words which revealed he had a release clause in his contract.
He said: “The message is clear and it has been and probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here.
“I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a purpose. The purpose was very clear in that I wanted to help this club move forward and looking to lead it forward with a group I feel has huge potential.
“Why would I want to move from that? OK, I moved after nearly three years at Celtic and people may look at me thinking: ‘Right, because a club like Arsenal, with the great institution and size, and all of that …’
“But it’s all about happiness and I couldn’t be happier here.
“My contract is until 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to release me from that.